Antarctic Memorabilia

Available For Sale

 

 

 

©  NOTE:  EVERYTHING Shown here is owned by Karen Ronne Tupek. 

None of the documents or photographs or any other information presented here may be used

or reproduced without written permission of Karen Ronne Tupek 

 

ANTARCTIC and ARCTIC BOOKS:

There are many important and significant historical books available.  They appear in two lists at the bottom of this page.  The first list is from an Appraisal done in 2009.  The second list contains additional books.

Direct Link scrolls down to BOOKS

Abbreviations:

BAE I – Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1928-30

BAE II – Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1933-35

IGY – International Geophysical Year (Ellsworth Station) 1957-58

RARE – Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition 1947-48

USAS – United States Antarctic Service Expedition 1939-41

 

 

 

 

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Photo

 

Link to on-line private photo album of all memorabilia.  Number shown under "Current Location - Home" corresponds to album photo number.  (copy address below and paste in browser)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10210040392549798.1073741829.1335991218&type=1&l=1a594faa62 

NOTE:  All photos below are "Thumbnails Photos"

To see enlarged version of the photo, just click on the Thumbnail.

If clicking on photo fails to open a larger version, then go to the Facebook link, shown at left.  Using the number in the far right column, find the corresponding photo number in that photo album.

I ran out of time to fix all glitches.

# corresponds to

Facebook Photos

Original Menu, printed on silk fabric, from the Banquet at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway, upon the return of Amundsen's expedition to the South Pole in 1912.  

THIS SHOULD GO TO FRAM MUSEUM IN NORWAY

 

 

 

1

One of three flags that Finn Ronne took with him on ALL of his Antarctic expeditions. The description explains it.  This is a duplicate presentation of the previous photo, showing the original flag that Finn Ronne carried with him on all of his Antarctic expeditions. It has Finn's original signature and is on his official stationary. It IS available to a museum or a collector.

 

5

An original, signed Claim Sheet used during mapping program of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. This one is a claim made during the flights.

 

5

This is a very significant Land Claim Sheet that was prepared before the flights left base, but filled in during the flight, claiming specific most-southern lands for the United States. This would be an important document if the Antarctic Treaty were to fail or nations were to claim lands.

 

6

A second original Claim Sheet. This is a very significant Land Claim Sheet that was prepared before the flights left base, but filled in during the flight, claiming specific most-southern lands for the United States. This would be an important document if the Antarctic Treaty were to fail or nations were to claim lands.

 

7

An original sketch map done by Finn Ronne while in flight, mapping and discovering new Antarctic lands.

 

8

An original Document showing an Antarctic Map from the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II. More significantly, it contains the original signatures of ALL members of the expedition.  This is VERY SPECIAL:

 

9

Original Letter to Finn from Bunny Fuchs. There are many more letters in the files from many famous explorers, too many to photograph.

 

10

Another letter from Bunny Fuchs

 

11

Numerous cards showing the navigation records of sledge trip by Finn Ronne and Carl Eklund on the U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition, East Base, 1939-41.

 

12

More sledging navigation records.

 

13

Navigation notes. All original.

 

14

One of several copies of Finn Ronne's Operations Report from leading the Ellsworth Station during I.G.Y. 1956 - 57.

 

15

Outline Plans by Finn Ronne for his second private expedition. After many bills before Congress to support it, and other government discussions, it ended up being incorporated in to the I.G.Y. program. Confidential: Proposed Expedition to  Antarctica, July 4, 1945 - All plans for Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, bound

 

16

Article by Finn Ronne, published in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society's journal, on The Main Southern Sledge Journey from East Base, Palmer Land, Antarctic. With support from others, he and Carl Eklund completed a record 84-day sledge trip south along Alexander Island, proving it to be an island.

 

17

VERY SPECIAL: The original Daily Sledging Log of the Southern Sledging Party's record journey, by Finn Ronne, and signed by Finn Ronne. From the United States  Antarctic Service Expedition, 1939 - 1941, at Stonington Island.

Daily Southern Party Sledging Log

(opens PDF file of entire log)

18,19

VERY SPECIAL: The original Flight Log of the Flying and Mapping Program of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition (1946-48), by Finn Ronne, and signed by Finn Ronne.

 

RARE Flight Log

(opens PDF file of entire log)

20-23

Pilot Log Book from RARE. Not comprehensive.

24,25

SPECIAL: Finn Ronne's original diary, not entirely filled in, from the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II at Little America.  Inside signed by Finn Ronne.

Finn Ronne's Diary from BAE II

26-28

VERY SPECIAL: Finn Ronne's more complete original diary from the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II at Little America (1933 - 35). inside cover pages, with Byrd Antarctic Expedition stamps and cache. Signed by Finn Ronne.  inside cover pages signed by many expedition members.

   

 

Finn Ronne's Diary from BAE II  -

Part 1

Finn Ronne's Diary from BAE II -

Part 2

29-34

VERY SPECIAL: The original diaries of Edith "Jackie" Ronne, the official record and documentation of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition (1946 - 48). These three volumes became the basis for Finn Ronne's book, "Antarctic Conquest" published in 1949 and Edith Ronne's book, "Antarctica's First Lady" published in 2003.  Date of March 12, 1947, the official arrival date and of the expedition's start on land in the Antarctic. It also documents Edith Ronne's historic first step on the Antarctic continent. Note her writing "I was, I think, the first woman to ever set foot upon the Antarctic Continent."

   

   

 

Edith Ronne's RARE Diary

(opens a Word document; entire diary transcribed)

35-39

VERY SPECIAL: Finn Ronne's original diary, "First Account" from the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, dated 12 February 1947. Shown: the book cover.

A PDF file with entire diary available by clicking on link, two columns to the right

 

First Account

Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

 

 

(opens a PDF file with all pages in diary)

 

VERY SPECIAL: Finn Ronne's original diary from when he was leader of Ellsworth Station during I.G.Y. Signed by Finn Ronne. Shown: the book cover.

 

IGY Diary

 

40,41

Petrified wood from Antarctica. Collected by Finn Ronne.

 

 

 

47

Various rock and geological samples from Antarctica. Collected by Finn Ronne.

 

48

Partial map of Edith Ronne Land, drawn by Finn Ronne of the newly discovered area in the Antarctic. Copy of original that is displayed in Beaumont, Texas, as shown in Facebook Album Photo #118, 119

 

49

Original tracing map drawn by Finn Ronne of Marguerite Bay and sledging routes.

 

50

Finn Ronne's original slide rule with inner and outer cases; used in the Antarctic to calculate flying routes.

51,52

Finn Ronne's drawing tool kit. He used the drawing tools to create his maps and sledging routes and to measure distances. Original case.

52-54

Finn Ronne's engineering class note book from Horten Technical School, Horten, Norway, 1923. He received his advanced degree in naval architecture.

NORWAY?

 

55-57

Finn Ronne's lecture brochure that he took to the South Pole in 1971, where he received a cache documenting the occasion.

 

58

Match box used on the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II at Little America (1933 - 35) along with a card inscribed and signed by Finn Ronne, ski expert on the expedition.

60

Matchbook from the U.S.S. Bear, ship used on the U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition (1939 - 41).

 

61

Framed telegram sent from Richard Byrd during the Byrd Antarctic Expedition I (1929 - 31), with Finn's father on the expedition as sail and tent maker, to Finn Ronne, inviting him on his next expedition. Finn later did go on the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II, and followed in his father's foot-steps.

 

74

A pennant from Operation Deep Freeze. (not best condition)

 

76

Lower jaw bone of a husky dog, taken from Stonington Island

 

78

Scull of, I believe, a seal.

 

78

Plaque with coal: Represents coal used on U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition and the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition.

 

81

Key to the City, Washington, D.C. - Award

83,84

An award from the Adventurers Club.

 

85

Edith Ronne's Antarctic Service Medal with accompanying letter from Navy Department

 

 

 

"Short Snorter" - (a banknote inscribed by people traveling together on an aircraft.  During World War II, short snorters were signed by flight crews and conveyed good luck to soldiers crossing the Atlantic. Friends would take the local currency and sign each other's bills creating a "keepsake of your buddy's signatures".)  Owned by Edith "Jackie" Ronne, signed on 21 December 1948 by: Finn Ronne, Dana Coman, Larry Gould, Paul Siple, Richard B. Black, Paul McNesbitt, Bernt Balchen, Svene A. Strom, Sigmund Gutenko, Carl A. Eklund, and others - all prominent Antarctic explorers.

  

 

132

American Guernsey Cattle Club Medal (Silver) Awarded for Byrd Antarctic Expedition II 1933-35, for distinguished service to the dairy industry; engraved "Finn Ronne" and edge marked "Whitehead Hoag"

133-4

VERY SPECIAL: 3' x 4' framed Map of Antarctic Peninsula by the American Geographical Society, showing all sledging and flying routes and discovered/named features by the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

 

136

Society of the South Pole Certificate for Edith Ronne, framed (Finn Ronne's duplicate one hangs in the Navy Museum in Washington, DC)

 

137

Framed colorized photo of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition Ship, The Port of Beaumont" in the back bay area off of Stonington Island, with mountains and glaciers in the background.  This was a prized photo of the Ronnes; it hung in their study on display.

 

138

Tent, used by Finn Ronne in the Antarctic.

 

140

Sledge Wheel used to measure distances traveled, with mounting bracket.  Finn had this trailing behind his sledges all the time.

 

141

Ski Poles, used by Finn Ronne in the Antarctic

 

142

Skis, used by Finn Ronne in the Antarctic; seen in photos from the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition and the I.G.Y. at Ellsworth Station.

 

143

Ski boots

144

Loot Box:  wooden, made by Finn (every man on an expedition was allowed one); from USAS with stencil:  "Finn Ronne, U.S. Antarctic Service 1939 - 1941"

 

145

Medal celebrating Larvik, Norway's 250th Anniversary, dates 1671 - 1921

NORWAY?

 

146

Caps and hats of Finn's

 

 

 

Various passports, military ID's and other

 

 

 

Certificate of Discharge - Finn Ronne's discharge from the Jacob Ruppert, end of Byrd Antarctic Expedition II in 1935

 

 

Finn Ronne's official certificate of retirement from the U.S. Navy, October 1, 1961

 

 

Blue print copy - paper map made by Finn Ronne showing the features he discovered and named, including Edith Ronne Land  (Shown is the original drawing, also perhaps available; but for sale, is the blue print version of this.)

 

 

Document with affixed American flag with various stamps/caches (including the valuable Oleona Base cache), along with signed document certifying flag accompanied Finn on all of his major expeditions and Antarctic journeys, this one addressed to good friend Ralph Becker (general counsel to the establishment of the Kennedy Center and ambassador to Honduras)

 

Now in TX

3 Loosely bound Scrapbooks with every official photo taken on the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition - VERY IMPORTANT - Official Record Copy

 

152

Antarctic Map with all mapping expedition flights - all expeditions

 

 

 

Letter from Roald Amundsen to Richard E. Byrd with English translation, 1928, praising Martin Ronne and recommending him for future expeditions

SHOULD GO TO FRAM MUSEUM IN NORWAY

 

Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition Honorary Membership Certificate for contributors, signed by Finn Ronne

 

 

 

Various blank stationeries, from BAE II; U.S.A.S.; Department of the Interior's Antarctic Service; American Antarctic Association (Finn Ronne's organization), F Street, Washington, D.C. Address (pre-1947); American Antarctic Association, Wiscasset Road, Bethesda, Md address (post 1951); Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition; Antarctic I.G.Y.; Operation Deep Freeze

 

 

 

Memorandum of Agreement (2) - Comments by Finn Ronne on Commander Richard E. Byrd's North Pole Flight, verifying bearing witness to the fact he didn't fly over North Pole as claimed, signed

   

 

 

 

 

Various memos regarding Harry Darlington agreeing to the flight program before the expedition and then chickening out, subsequently being fired off Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition; and letters of support for Finn by other expeditioners, signed.

 

     

     

 

 

Letters Supporting Finn regarding Jennie Darlington's book, "My Antarctic Honeymoon, signed

     

 

 

Letters: Richard E. Byrd sent to Finn Ronne:  1928 regarding Finn going on BAE I; 1946 wishing Finn good luck upon departure of Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition; signed

 

 

Confidential: Proposed Expedition to  Antarctica, July 4, 1945 - All plans for Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, bound

 

 

 

 

List of Accomplishments of Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Preliminary Account of the United States  Antarctic Expedition 1939 - 1941 by Lt. Commander R.  A. English, American Geographical Society

 

 

Monograph: "Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition" by Finn Ronne

 

 

Memorandum: Instructions to Glenn Dyer re: Return of the Sledging Party to East Base, United States Antarctic Service Expedition, by Finn Ronne, as Chief of Staff and Chrg. of Trail Operations

 

 

The Polar Times - November 1938 (17 pages)

 

 

The Polar Times - March 1938 (23 pages)

 

 

"The Romance of Antarctic Adventure" booklet, with Byrd in the Antarctic in Pictures and Story (48 pages)

 

 

Office Memo, copy of Claim Sheet dropped in flight, claiming lands for U.S. signed by Finn Ronne, Edward Thiel, William Sumrall, on I.G.Y.

 

 

Kasco Komics No. 2, 1949, comic book features 3 page story "Lost in the  Unknown" featuring Erik Borg, leader of  Borg Antarctic Research Expedition; lead character drawn to look exactly like Finn Ronne, whose Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition (and the ONLY Antarctic expedition in history to use the word "research" in its title; obviously a take-off on Ronne's expedition) returned the year before in 1948. It was partially sponsored by Kasco Dog Food, who supplied the expedition with all food for the husky dogs, on the trail, etc, in exchange for endorsement advertising.  First husky born in Antarctica was named "Kasco."

     

 

 

178-181

Lecture Notes - diary with programs re: lecturing tours - Edith Ronne

156-7

Plaque: Special Award to Captain Finn Ronne in Recognition of Achievement in the Polar Exploration, by the Norwegian American 17th of May Committee of Greater N.Y. Inc. 1978

 

158

Book "Pole to Pole, U.S.S. Staten Island A G S-5, 1956-1957" given to Finn by the ship's captain while in the Antarctic, signed

 

159

2 "Collegiate" scrapbooks full of newspaper articles about the Ronnes and their expedition

160-162

2 large scrapbooks (one with gold embossed name "Captain Finn Ronne, U.S.N.R.") overflowing with newspaper articles about the Ronnes and their expedition

153-155

Very Old Book (1848) - poor condition - "History of Architecture" The Earliest Times; In Europe and the United States, A Biography of Eminent Architects and Glossary of Architectural Terms, by Mrs. L. C. Tuthill, with numerous illustrations, 1848

   

164-168

Book "Weather Analysis and Forecasting, A Textbook on Synoptic Meterology" by Sverre Petterson, PhD.  Inside front cover signed: "Harries-Clichy Peterson,  1946-48, Stonington Island, Palmer Peninsula".  Peterson, the meteorologist on the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, used this reference book while there on the expedition; included 2 photos of him - one of him recovering from falling down a crevasse while returning to base after setting up weather station on the high plateau, and one of him with expedition leader Finn Ronne, studying the printout of a weather tracking machine. Also included is the rescue map used to find and save Peterson.

169-170

U.S. Postal Service first day postage stamp presentation Leather Folder with gilded lettering: "Antarctic Explorers Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamps, September 14, 1988" with "Mrs. Finn Ronne" along with copy of first day ceremony invitation and program (with stamp and cache), with full sheet of stamps.

173-174

U.S. Postal Service first day postage stamp presentation Leather Folder with gilded lettering: "Antarctic Treaty Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamps, June 21, 1991" with "Mrs. Finn Ronne" along with copy of first day ceremony invitation and program (with stamp and cache), with full sheet of stamps.

175-176

Letter to Mrs. Finn Ronne from Postal Service presenting the Commemorative Folder for the Antarctic Explorer stamps, first day of issue.

 

177

Order of Merit from National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, June 17, 1966, member of Sea Exploring Committee

 

163

International Teacher of the Year Award, Greater City of Los Angeles, 1967, beautiful certificate and Golden Apple trophy award with engraved plaque

 

147

Geographical Society of Philadelphia - Citation, February 1966

 

148

The Explorers Club, Citation of Merit, May 28, 1963

 

150

Norseman Lodge, No. 878, F.&A.M. recognition, November 21, 1948

 

151

American Polar Society, Honorary Member, February 6, 1960 (same event as below)

 

149

Dinner Lecture Program:  American  Polar Society with The Explorers Club,  Washington Group, 25th Anniversary, honoring Finn Ronne, Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C., February 6, 1960 (same event as above)

 

 

 

Dinner Lecture Program:  Dinner and Reception by Gov. James M. Curley to RAdm. Richard E. Byrd and members of Byrd Antarctic Expedition II

 

 

 

Dinner Lecture Program:  American Geographical Society welcoming members of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition back to New York City,  April 16, 1948

 

 

Luncheon Lecture Program:  Welcome Luncheon honoring Captain Finn Ronne after I.G.Y. by Washington Board of  Trade at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1958

 

 

Dinner Lecture Program:  American Society of Photogrammetry presents "Exploration and Mapping Results of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, U.S. Department of Interior Auditorium, April 28, 1948 

 

 

Boy Scout Trophy given to Finn Ronne:  "Appreciation for the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition for including a boy scout on R.A.R.E.

171-172

 Covers of Norwegian Magazine "Vi Menn"

NORWAY?

 

 

1962

1964 on the Fram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 BOOKS:

 

Antarctic Books

 

Main Book Collection with Appraised Values:

PDF File and also shown below:

"Fair Market Value for Estate" prices shown were done in 2009.  They may not reflect current value and nor do they reflect my expectations for sale offers.

 

Amundsen, Roald. Nordvest-Passagen. Kristiania: Aschehoug, 1907,1st ed. 8vo, photo illus, maps. Gilt decorated teal cloth, spine slighdy faded, estremities rubbed; VG++.

Fair Market Value for Estate $175

 

Amundsen, R. Nordost-Passagen. Kristiania: Gyldendalske Boghandel, 1921. 4to, illus, 4 fold out maps, photos. Gilt decorated spine, quarter brown calf over green buckram, slightly shaken, extremities rubbed , cloth faded, leather scratched; VG-.

Fair Market Value for Estate $150

 

Amundsen, R. Sydpolen: Den Norske Sydpolsfard Med Fram 1910-1912. Two volumes. Kristiania: Jacob Dybwards, 1912,1st ed. Large 8vo; illus, portraits, 3 fold out maps. Gilt decorated two color blue pictorial cloth; comers bumped, hinges rubbed, colors bright; nr Fine.

Fair Market Value for Estate $1,550

 

Bagshawe, Thomas W. Two Men in the Antarctic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1939. 8vo, photo illus, fold out maps. Silver stamped turquoise cloth in faded chipped, rubbed, torn dj; nr Fine/VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $575

 

Balch, Edwin Swift. The North Pole and Bradley Land. Philadelphia: Campion, 1913. 4to. Red buckram, teg, insect damaged; VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $450

 

Bull, H.J. The Cruise of the Antarctic. London: Arnold, 1896. Large 8vo illus by G.B. Murdock. Silver image of the Antarctic on blue cloth, extremities chipped and frayed; VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $1,200

 

Bull, H. J. Sydover Ekspeditionen til Sydishavet i 1893-95. Kristiania: Norske Aktieforlag, 1898. Small 8vo, illus, tipped in map. Gilt brown embossed cloth, rounded corners; nr Fine. Holograph addressed envelope by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $1,500

 

Byrd, Adm. Richard E. Discovery. NY: Putnam, 1935, 1st ed. 4to, illus and maps. Gilt decorated light blue cloth, spine very faded, extremities bumped and frayed; VG-. Signed with a lengthy inscription by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $125

 

Byrd, Adm. R. E. Little America. NY: Putnam, 1930, 4th ed. 4to, 74 illus and fold out maps. Gilt spine, blue cloth, spine slighdy faded, creased at tail, extremities bumped and rubbed; VG. Signed with a lengthy inscription by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $ 150

 

Christensen, Lars. My Last Expedition to the Antarctic 1936-1937. Oslo: Johan Grundt Tanum, 1938. Square 8vo, illus. Striped boards, wear to extremities, spine rubbed; VG+. Signed letter from Reidar Brussell laid in.

Fair Market Value for Estate $295

 

Christensen, L. Another copy bound in brown buckram, 1940. Signed by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $100

 

Christensen, L. Such is the Antarctic. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1935, 1st ed. Large 8vo; illus, ep charts, photos. Gilt spine, blue cloth; covers loose, extremities rubbed, pp edgetoned; VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $100

 

Ellsworth, Lincoln. Exploring Today. NY: Dodd Mead, 1935, 1st ed. 8vo; photo illus. Light blue cloth, soiled and buckled, spine faded; G.

Fair Market Value for Estate $125

 

Flaherty, R.J. & F.H. My Eskimo Friends: "Nanook of the North". NY: Doubleday Page, 1924, 1st ed. 4to, illus by author with 3 color plates, 6 b & w, 6 maps, 9 photos. Gilt ruled quarter dark blue cloth over blue boards, paper tide and spine labels, tail of spine rubbed; nr Fine.

Fair Market Value for Estate $275

 

Fowler. Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Oxford: Clarendon, (1938), 3rd ed. 8vo. Gilt decorated full red calf, inner dentelle and board edge tooling, spine in five compartments, gilt ruled covers; a few chips and scratches; in a chipped and rubbed red cloth slipcase; nr Fine/VG-. Bound by Bayntun Binder Bath.

Fair Market Value for Estate $125

 

Hayes, J. Gordon. Antarctica. London: Richards, 1928,1st ed. 4to, illus, map in rear cover pocket. Gilt dark blue cloth, shaken, cover spots; VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $225

 

Hobbs, William H. Explorers of the Antarctic. NY: House of Field, 1941. 8vo, 14 half-tone portraits. Silver stamped cream and blue buckram in edge worn, creased dj; nr Fine/VG-.

Fair Market Value for Estate $150

 

Kane, Elisha Kent. Arctic Exploration. Two volumes. Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856. 8vo, wood and steel engravings, fold out map on linen. Gilt spine, leather spine labels, three quarter tan calf over marbled boards, marbled ep, ae marbled, shaken, some chips and tears to leather, gilt faded, pp foxed; VG-.

Fair Market Value for Estate $300

 

Nansen, Fridtjof. Farthest North. Two volumes. NY: Harper, 1897. Large 8vo, illus, maps in both cover pockets of Vol. I. Gilt decorated pattern of ropes and lanterns on dark gray cloth, fading and wear to spine, heads of spines chipped and torn, cover corners bumped, a few spots and scratches; VG+.

Fair Market Value for Estate $450

 

Owen, Russell. The Antarctic Ocean. NY: Whittlesey House, (1941). 8vo, photo illus, maps by S. J. Voorhees. Gilt spine, dark blue cloth, ep maps, very light rubbing to comers, in frayed, rubbed nicked dj; nr Fine/VG-. Signed <& inscribed by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $ 180

 

Rojas, Ricardo. El Santo de la Espada: Vida de San Martin. Buenos Aires: Ed. Losada, (1950). 4to, illus. Red and black labeled gilt spine, full black leather, ribbon marker, some cover scratches, gilt faded; VG++. Signed by Jorge H. W. Pernice, Capitan de Fragata.

Fair Market Value for Estate $200

 

Roland Huntford, ed. The Amundsen Photographs. NY: Adan tic Monthly, (1987), 1st ed. 4to, illus. Gilt spine, black cloth in dj; as New/as New.

Fair Market Value for Estate $100

 

Ronne, Finn. Antarctic Conquest. NY: Putnam, (1949), 1st ed. 8vo, illus. Gilt ruled full blue calf, inner dentelle tooling, marbled ep, teg, spine faded & chipped, a few cover scratches; VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $ 160

 

Ronne, F. Antarctica, My Destiny. NY: Hastings House, (1979), 1st ed. 8vo, photo illus. Gilt half turquoise cloth over aqua boards in dj; as New/as New. Signed by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $150

 

Ross, Capt. Sir James Clark. Voyage of Discovery & Research in the Southern Antarctic Regions 1839A3. Two volumes. London: Murray, 1847. Large 8vo, plates, fold out maps, woodcuts. Gilt decorated blue cloth, spine very faded, shaken, spine cracked and chipped with loss, extremities very worn, pp toned; G-. Bound by Remnant & Edmonds, London.

Fair Market Value for Estate $3,250

 

Scott, Capt. R. F. Scott's Last Expedition. Two volumes. NY: Dodd Mead, 1913, 1" ed. 4to, illus, fold out maps. Gilt spine, dark green cloth, teg, a few cover spots and fading; VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $650

 

Shackleton, E.H. The Heart of the Antarctic. Two volumes. London: Heinemann, 1909. 4to, illus, fold out map. Gilt spine, dark blue silver decorated cloth, cover spots, decoration rubbed, some tears, extremities bumped and frayed; VG-.

Fair Market Value for Estate $725

 

Siple, Paul. 10°South. NY: Putnam, (1959), 1st ed. 8vo, illus. Green cloth in toned and worn dj; nr Fine/VG.

Fair Market Value for Estate $100

 

Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. Greenland. NY: Doubleday, 1944. 8vo, illus ep. Green cloth, a few cover spots; VG+.

Fair Market Value for Estate $200

 

Walden, J.B. & S. Paine. The Long Whip: The Story of a Great Husky. NY: Putnam, (1936), 1st ed. 8vo, photo illus. Green cloth; spine faded; in tattered dj; VG/Poor.

Fair Market Value for Estate $100

 

Wilkes, Charles. Narrative of the U.S. Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. Five volumes. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845. Large 8vo, illus and fold out maps. Gilt decorated spine, gilt ruled three quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, marbled ep, teg, some nicks and chips to extremities; VG+++.

Fair Market Value for Estate $950

 

Wilkins, Sir Hubert. Under the North Pole [NY]: Brewer Warren & Putnam, (1931), Ltd de Luxe ed. 240/275. Small 4to, fronds illus by Hal Phyfe. Gilt spine, three quarter dark blue cloth over light blue boards, teg;, some toning, spine tail rubbed; nr Fine. Signed twice and inscribed by Author.

Fair Market Value for Estate $950

 

Other Titles Fair Market Value

Antarctica in the International Geophysical Year. Washington, DC: 1956. $80.00

 

Cook & Peary. Finding the North Pole. (1909). $80.00

 

Fuchs. Of Ice and Men. Oswestry, U.K.: (1982), 1st ed. Sgd. $90.00

 

Helm. Antarctica. Wellington: 1964, 1st ed. Sgd. $75.00

 

Heyerdahl. The Ra Expeditions. NY: 1971,1st ed. Sgd & Inscr. $75.00

 

Norsk Polarklubb. Polarboken 1963-64. Oslo: 1964. $80.00

 

Rankin. Antarctic Isle. London: 1951, in dj. $90.00

 

 

 

 

Additional Books Available:

 

Alexander, Caroline, "Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition" (paperback)

American Geographical Society, "The Geography of the Polar Regions"

American Geophysical Union, "Antarctica in the International Geophysical Year"

Amundsen, Roald, "Gjennem Luften til 88 degrees Nord,"  1925

Annual Report of the Smithsonian 1949

Arnesen, Odd, "Fram- Hele Norgas Skute"

Balchen, Bernt, "Come North with Me"

Balchen, Bernt, "Hitch Your Wagon"

Barben, "The White Dessert"

Bertrand, Kenneth, "Americans In Antarctica"

Billing, Graham, "Forbush and the Penguins"

Byrd, Richard E., "Alone"

Collier, Graham and Patricia, "Antarctic Odyssey"

Dukert, Joseph M., "This is Antarctica"

Evans, Admiral Sir Edward, "British Polar Explorers"

Fisher, David, "Across the Top of the World"

Fram: The Journal of Polar Studies, 1984 Winter Issue

Fuchs, Sir Vivian, "Of Ice and Men"

Gladych, Michael, "Admiral Byrd of Antarctica"

Halle, Louis J., "The Sea and the Ice"

Hartwig, Dr. G., "The Polar World"

Henry, Thomas R., "The White Continent:  The Story of Antarctica"

Heyerdahl, Thor, "Kon Tiki" (in Norwegian 1949)

Huntford, Roland, "Nansen, The Explorer as Hero"

Lee, Charles, "Snow, Ice, and Penguins"

Mason, Theodore, "Two Against the Ice, Amundsen and Ellsworth"

Messner, Reinhold, "Antarctica: Both Heaven and Hell"

Montaigne, Fen, "Fraser's Penguins - A Journey to the Future in Antarctica"

Morris, Charles, "Finding the North Pole" (Nansen, various stories)

Oxford Dictionary in Cardboard Sleeve, Gilded Edges

Petersen, Carl J., "Med Byrd og Balchen Met Sydpolen"

Rawlins, Dennis, "Peary at the North Pole - Fact or Fiction"

Ronne, Finn, "Antarctic Conquest"  (two or three in Norwegian)

Seaver, George, "Edward Wilson; Nature Lover"

Simpson, Frank, "The Antarctic Treaty"

Snyder, Jim and Shackleton, Keith, "Ship in the Wilderness"

The Polar Times, 1935-40, 1940-45 (2 Bound Volumes Dedicated to Finn and Jackie Ronne)

U.S. Navy, "Sailing Direction for Antarctica" 1943"

Wilkens, Capt. George H., "Flying the Arctic," 1928

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

INVENTORY, APPRAISAL and DISPOSITION

Ronne Family Antarctic Memorabilia

For Michael and Amanda

 

Item

Value

Current Location

Future Location

Auction

Link to on-line private photo album of all memorabilia.  Number shown here in Inventory under "Current Location - Home" corresponds to album photo number.  (copy address below and paste in browser)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10210040392549798.1073741829.1335991218&type=1&l=1a594faa62

 

Navy

Texas

Home

# corresponds to

Facebook Photos

Navy

Texas

Home

U.S.

MICHAEL and AMANDA TUPEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original flag of the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, which flew on the yardarm of their ship (The Port of Beaumont), hung in the buildings on Stonington Island, and later adorned the walls of the Ronnes' home.  (Navy has duplicate of this)

 

 

 

77

 

 

MRT

 

Various stamps and caches used by Finn Ronne and frequently seen on covers in the hands of many philatelic collectors. Included: U.S. IGY stamp, name stamp, his signature stamp, the RARE stamp and the very special "Oleona Base, Antarctica" cache.

 

 

 

72

 

 

MRT

 

SPECIAL: Model of sledge, with "gee" pole, and original drawing of sledge design, by Finn Ronne, designed to "give" and be flexible in the snow. Original signature by Finn Ronne. Sledges were designed for, and used by, the Byrd Antarctic Expedition (1933 - 35).

 

 

 

42-44

 

 

MRT

 

Document (unframed; in plastic sleeve) with affixed American flag with various stamps/caches (including the valuable Oleona Base cache), along with written description signed by Finn Ronne certifying flag accompanied Finn on all of his major expeditions and Antarctic journeys

 

 

 

3

 

 

MRT

X

Penguin bones from the flipper. On the top one, using ink, Finn Ronne drew a penguin and inscribed it with "Greetings! Little America, Antarctica." From the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II (1933 - 35).

 

 

 

45

 

 

MRT

 

Wooden spoon carved by Finn Ronne from extra wood, in 1940 while on the U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition (1939 - 41). Note the date "1940" near the top of the handle, and the letters A N T A R C T I C A carved down the handle.

 

 

 

46

 

 

MRT

 

Duplicate plaque as the one on the original World Globe, originally donated to the National Archives in honor of Finn and Edith Ronne. Globe in now located at entrance to the Mapping Division of the Library of Congress.

 

 

 

82

 

 

MRT

 

Finn Ronne's Navy hat.

 

 

 

86

 

 

MRT

 

Ski boots

 

 

 

144

 

 

MRT

 

Skis

 

 

 

143

 

 

MRT

 

Ski Poles

 

 

 

142

 

 

MRT

 

Painting - oil of Finn Ronne in Navy Uniform

 

 

 

 

 

 

MRT

 

2 loot boxes, wooden, made by Finn (every man was allowed one);

 

 

 

135

 

 

Karen

 

Sperm Whale Tooth

 

 

X

 

 

 

MRT

 

Medal boxes (2); one with Finn Ronne's name; were presented along with medals now in Shadow Box frame, owned by Ronne family

 

 

X

 

 

 

Karen

 

Walrus Tusks (2)

 

 

X

 

 

 

MRT

 

Carved wooden chain with hand carved spoons in Norwegian design at either end; carved by Finn Ronne on U.S.A.S. - A traditional Norwegian wedding gift.

 

 

X

 

 

 

MRT

 

Knives in sheaths (2)

 

 

X

 

 

 

MRT

 

Original paper map made by Finn Ronne showing the features he discovered and named, including Edith Ronne Land

 

 

X

 

 

 

MRT

 

Letter to Jackie from Finn with cover map of Antarctica with "Edith Ronne Land" circled

 

 

X

 

 

 

MRT

 

Film splicer (should be exhibited with Finn's film camera, now on display at Navy Museum)

 

 

X

 

X

Send to Navy

 

 

Full wooden box (with "Finn Ronne" on side) of slide negatives from the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition; approx. 500 count

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

to Archives

 

Canister of film from Trimetrogon photos from plane.

 

 

X

 

 

Navy?

 

X?

Ivory letter opener

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

Wooden knife/letter opener carved by Finn Ronne w/ painted Norwegian motif and "Norge" and "Molde" on it

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

XX

Framed photo of the Letter Mail-Canceling project at Little America on Byrd Antarctic Expedition II (1933-1935)

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Sedimentary Rock from Alexander Island;

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Rock collected at Palmer Peninsula on R.A.R.E;

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Rocks collected from Mount Nielsen during Byrd Antarctic Expedition II - 1933-1935

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Box of rocks collected from various expeditions

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Partial jaw bone from a seal

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Norwegian flag match box

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Match box from Little America BAE II (similar to others listed elsewhere)

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Dark glasses/ Goggles

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

A draft of a claim sheet, claiming specific territory that Finn Ronne discovered, along with Department of State mailing address codes.

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Sun glasses in case; used by Finn Ronne

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Philatelic - cancelled cover using the "Oleona Base, Antarctica, Mar 12, 1947 A.M." cache; the plate is also shown. A pair of post office opening and closing dates covers were sent to the U.S. Department of State, to be used as evidence of U.S. occupation of the territory for eventual claims by the U.S. of those lands (now held in abeyance by the Antarctic Treaty. If the treaty were to be abandoned and nations were to claim lands, these covers would help substantiate U.S. claims.) A few are in the hands of private collectors; some a retained by the Ronne (Tupek) family and are occasionally available for purchase. This Oleona cover already has an established value, based on past transactions, of $1500 It is available to collectors.

$1500.

$5000.

Pair of opening and closing

 

 

66

 

OR Donate to the U.S. Postal Museum

 

Set

Oleona Base cache

Priceless

 

 

66

 

 

 

Set

Original Memorandum signed by Finn Ronne, regarding his appointment, in secret, as a Postmaster in the Antarctic.

 

 

 

67

 

 

 

Set

Original Letter from Postmaster General notifying Finn Ronne of his appointment as a postmaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set

Original, framed embossed certificate naming Finn Ronne as Postmaster of Oleona Base, Antarctica.

 

 

 

69,70

 

 

 

Set

Original photograph showing "Oleona Post Office, Palmer Land, Antarctic" sign on hut building, with Finn Ronne as Postmaster standing by sign on roof at Stonington Island

 

 

 

69,70

 

 

 

Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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