Lisbon: Publicações Europa-América, (1952). First edition. Original pictorial wrappers, 8.25 x 6 inches, 184, ,  pages, unopened. Illus. Mounted errata slip. A few small chips to the fragile wrappers; a nearly fine copy. Item #18740
A presentation copy, inscribed in blue ink to the polar explorer, “Para o Exmo. Sr. Richard Evelyn Byrd, com os meus respeitosos cumprimentos e o maoir respeito. H. Benedy. Lisboa, 2 de Março de 1953.” An early entry in the Zetetic revival, arguing against a spherical earth and evidently an attempt to persuade Byrd to take a look at the flat earth model, which of course would suggest Byrd’s polar flight took place over a level, central point of the flat earth. This copy has a single bolt sliced, the first leaf of the preface; otherwise, Byrd appears to have left the text alone. (This makes it difficult to discern whether Byrd merits mention in the text.) NUC and OCLC each note the copy at MH only.