[RYMILL, John Riddoch]. BECHERVAISE, John. Arctic and Antarctic. The Will and the Way of John Riddoch Rymill. Bluntisham, Huntingdon: Victoire Press Ltd for Bluntisham Books, 1995.
8vo (235 x 150mm). Original printed wrappers; pp. x, 230; half-tone portrait frontispiece, 8 half-tone plates with illustrations recto-and-verso, 4 maps in the text, 3 full- and one double-page; a fine copy.
First and only edition. The first full biography of Rymill (1905-1968), a 'major, yet little known explorer' (p. v), who was a member of the expedition of Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology to Canada (1929) and the British Arctic Air Route Expedition to Greenland (1930-1931, for which he was awarded the Polar Medal in silver with Arctic bar); a member -- and subsequently the leader -- of H.G. ('Gino') Watkins’ expedition to Greenland (1932-1933); and the leader of British Graham Land Expedition to the Antarctic (1934-1937). Amongst the awards and decorations that Rymill received were the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Antarctic Bar (to his silver Polar Medal), and the David Livingstone Centenary Medal of the American Geographical Society of New York. The work is prefaced by a foreword by Colin Bertram, the Biologist to the British Graham Land Expedition of 1934-1937.