CHAPMAN, F. Spencer Northern Lights. The Official Account of the British Arctic Air-Route Expedition 1930-1931 ... An Introduction by The late H. Watkins, Leader of the Expedition. London, Chatto and Windus, 1934.
8vo. Publisher's original cloth; pp. xiv, , 263; numerous plates from photographs, folding maps, one map to text; some fraying to dust-wrapper, slight rubbing, light offsetting from endpapers; internally a very clean copy; gift inscription to front fly-leaf.
First edition, first impression. Watkin's BAARE attempted to map the areas of Greenland to be crossed by the proposed transatlantic air route. Chapman's official account, well-documented with illustrations and maps, offers a full account of the expedition, and includes details of Augustine Courtauld's enforced winter stay in an ice-station on Greenland's central plateau. 'The British Arctic air route expedition (1930–31), which surveyed air routes with two Tiger Moths, gave Chapman an opportunity to display his toughness, particularly in the cleverly navigated rescue of Augustine Courtauld from the completely snowed-up meteorological station on the 10,000 foot Greenland ice-cap. Of all his expeditions, it was the one to which he contributed most. Chapman's Northern Lights (1932) vividly recalls the enchantment and rigours of exploring, sledging, and keeping alive in the Arctic' (ODNB).
Arctic Bibliography 2982.