The Kon-Tiki Expedition - signed by the author with the scarce book society band
First UK edition and first print published by Allen & Unwin in 1950. This copy has the rare book society choice band and has been signed by the author on the front free end paper. In addition, the author has also signed on a postcard from 1947 of the expedition members. The wrapper and book are both in near fine condition. The wrapper has very minimal wear with some general rubbing to the top of the spine. It is not priceclipped and displays the correct price of 12s 6d net. The band has a couple of dirt marks to the front of the band otherwise is in nice condition. It has the title of the book to the inside of the band. The boards of the book are very smart and clean. There is some light foxing marks to the first couple of pages. Overall a near fine copy and scarce signed by the author with the band.
The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and the author Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Incasun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name. There was an Academy Award-winning documentary film chronicling his adventures, and the 2012 dramatized feature film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Scarce signed.