Authorized map of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition
S.l. : G. F. Corp., 1934. Single sheet folded as issued, map printed in colour, 450 x 610 mm, slightly creased. Artistic map of Antarctica, signed in the image by the designer George Annand, with inset maps of Byrd’s proposed route to the continent and detail of the Bay of Whales.
‘Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition, historical map. This expedition took place between 1933 and 1935, and followed an earlier expedition from 1928 to 1930. It was led by the US polar explorer and naval officer Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957, depicted at upper right as the head in the cartouche). On these, and later expeditions, Byrd used ships, aeroplanes and dog sleds to establish Antarctic bases. The Byrd expeditions laid the foundations for Operation Highjump, during World War II, and the later Operation Deep Freeze that established permanent bases in Antarctica in the 1950s. The inset at upper left shows the routes taken from the USA and New Zealand. The inset at lower right shows the Bay of Whales and the Ross Ice Shelf. Highly colored pictorial map of Antarctica celebrating the groundbreaking radio broadcasts to and from the second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Shows named physical features (mostly along the coast and in the Ross Sea), and indicates areas unexplored. Includes drawings of animal life, and other Antarctic scenes.’ – Trove
Two copies recorded in Australian collections (NLA, Libraries Tasmania).