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Chicago: Rand McNally & Company,, 1950. Across the Pacific by raft. Translated by F. H. Lyon. Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blind-stamped design to front cover. With the dust jacket. With 20 leaves of photographic plates. An excellent copy in the dust jacket, spine panel lightly faded, extremities very slightly chipped. First US edition, originally published in Norway in 1948. The Kon-Tiki expedition was undertaken by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl to prove that Polynesia was settled from South America by a mixed race who travelled by raft. Their replica raft, named after the Incan sun god Kon-Tiki, was wrecked on a reef 98 days later. "A dramatic, designedly primitive, and adventure-filled voyage, this was the prototype for other voyages designed to prove various things about ancient people and voyages" (Toy). As the author observes, the trip proved that the journey by raft was possible, even if it does not irrefutably prove that it was by this means that the Pacific islands were settled. His account has since become a classic, and the raft is now preserved in the Kon-Tiki museum of Oslo. Lyon's translation was also published the same year in Britain by Allen & Unwin, without known primacy. With a tipped in 16 page magazine special feature on the voyage.
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