Kon-tiki : Across The Pacific By Raft

With Eighty Photographs Of The Voyage

Year 1950
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Pages 304
Binding Hardcover
Condition Near Fine
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Rand McNally & Company, 1950. FIRST EDITION, first printing (publishers "A" on copyright page.) Excellent condition throughout, bright clean pages and tightly bound, blue cloth with embossed cover and gilt titles to spine. Photo of author and publisher blurb, from what we assume was the original dust jacket, has been neatly adhered to half title page. Top edge stained blue. Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist, geographer and scientific explorer. Kon-Tiki was the raft used by Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands. It was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so. Translated by F. H. Lyon. With the modern major motion picture production of Kon-Tiki we may expect a feverish and constant increase in value of this classic first edition. 304 pages.