Heyerdahl, Thor. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1950. 1st edition. Blue embossed, gilt-titled cloth, with jacket. 306 pp. 8vo. Near fine in a near fine jacket.

Ultra rare jacketed copy of Heyerdahl’s 1947 raft trip from South America to the Polynesian Islands. Volume with the first issue “A” on the copyright page. Totemic design on the front cover with gilt lettering. Gentle wear to the volume and a previous owner’s name on the front free endpaper. Hard-to-find jacket is sharp and vivid, and has remained unclipped. Creasing, with tiny chips and wear to the edges.


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 writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom “Kon-Tiki” was said to be an old name. Kon-Tiki is also the name of Heyerdahl’s book; the Academy Award-winning documentary film chronicling his adventures; and the 2012 dramatised feature film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


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