Kon-Tiki and I by Erik Hesselberg and signed by Thor Heyerdahl 1st 1950
A scarce first UK edition and print published by Allen & Unwin in 1950. This copy is in very good condition. The dust wrapper is amazingly very complete and presents well. There is on the reverse of the jacket extensive use of tape to support it. The book is very clean and presentable. Theres hardly any foxing or spotting and no previous owners names. There is a paper clip mark on a couple of pages towards the front. The binding is strong. Overall a very good copy. This copy has also got an inscription on the front free end paper of the Kon-Tiki expedition leader Thor Heyerdahl.
Erik Bryn Hesselberg (4 June 1914 – 15 September 1972) was a Norwegian sailor, author, photographer, painter and sculptor. He is most known as a crewmember of the Kon-Tiki raft expedition from South America to French Polynesia in 1947.
In 1947, Hesselberg lived in the village of Borre and worked as a painter. Thor Heyerdahl approached him and invited to become a navigator on the Kon-Tiki expedition. During the trip, he worked as an astronavigator and cartographer as he was the only professional sailor. He painted the large Kon-Tiki figure on the raft's main sail. Also, he drew sketches, took photographs, carved wooden statuettes, and played guitar. This, his only title where he describes the voyage is full of his sketches and tells the voyage from his perspective. The title is scarce in its own right, particular so though with the dust wrapper and Thor Heyerdahl's signature.