The Long Whip
The Story of a Great Husky (in Admiral Byrd's second Antarctic expedition)
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 15cm, 263pp.
From the wrapper, "The story of Jack, an Eskimo husky, one of the 150 dogs which Admiral Byrd took to the Antarctic on his second expedition. Deep-chested Manitoba huskies, white-eyed Siberian Malamutes, broad-beamed cross-breeds from Alaska, the wolfish breeds of Labrador, all brought together to support the expedition in the field, carry scientists to remote and undiscovered lands and stand in reserve behind tractors and aeroplanes. Looming above them all is Jack—Jack the Giant Killer, who survived the brutal squabbles of darkened Dog Town to lead the geological party to the Queen Maud Mountains, as fine a sledging trip as ever made before the long whip. Rarely in fiction, even more rarely in real life, will be met so brilliant a sledging dog as this Jack. A great leader, with a sense of direction as reliable as a compass, he broke trail for three teams across the oceanic emptiness of the Ross Ice Barrier, clawed his way up the wind-funneled slickness of Thorne Glacier and reached at last the rim of the South Polar Plateau." Illustrated with photographs.
The book is in good solid condition, but with quite heavy spotted foxing to the page edges and lighter foxing to the prelims and title page. The main body of text is in good order. The dustwrapper has some light edgewear to the spine ends and corners, and some very minor surface abrasions but had otherwise survived very well.Sold