Stephenson, Jon - CREVASSE ROULETTE
Stephenson, Jon. CREVASSE ROULETTE. The First Trans-Antarctic Crossing 1957-58. New South Wales, 2009, Rosenberg Publishing, First Australian Edition. 192 pp, 41 maps and figures, 71 colour and B&W photographs (almost all in colour), complete with five appendixes, plus glossary, bibliography, endnotes and index. Comprehensive yet personal account of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, as viewed from Stephenson's position on Fuchs's crossing team, enhanced with his spectacular photographs. Expedition also focused on science and author was one of the Geologists on this International Geophysical Year effort. He also drove a dog team to South Pole. Stephenson covers Hillary's 'dash to the Pole' controversy and aftermath as well. Fairly scarce as a privately published hardcover with a limited print run, this is a Signed Copy with an Association, a lengthy inscription to John Claydon, who was the expedition pilot (obtained from John Claydon's personal library). Loosely inserted is a colour photocopy of magazine photos and discussion of Stephenson when presented with The Lifetime of Adventure Award. Decorative boards, same photo on the Dustjacket. Marginally bumped corners, and small section of pages slightly warped at very top corner edges, slight condition downgrade from Fine to overall VG+.