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    Hubert Wilkins Group Including Two Signed Covers Carried on Expeditions and Four Letters. Two transmittal envelopes, 6.5" x 3.75", signed "Hubert Wilkins" and stamped "Wilkins-Ellsworth Trans-Atlantic Submarine Expedition." The first cover, with multiple postal cancellations from New York, Falkland Islands, and London, has been annotated by Wilkins: "Carried on two Antarctic Expeditions and on the Nautilus. Hubert Wilkins. On the First airplane to fly in the Antarctic and the first submarine in the real arctic." The second cover, has postal cancellations from London and Bergen (Norway), and was sent to Wilkins in Norway from a Mrs. Henry J. Steiner; and then returned. Signed, "Hubert Wilkins."

    Additionally, there are four signed letters, one typed and three handwritten, from Wilkins to a Miss Jane Steiner, who may have been an assistant. The letters, dating from October 2, 1932 to October 13, 1936, relay information about test flights and travel plans, including boat preparations, mail forwarding, etc. Also included is a black and white photograph, 4.5" x 3.25", of the Wyatt Earp, which had previously been the Norwegian fishing boat Fanefjord.

    Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958), an Australian polar explorer, is best known for his involvement on the Nautilus Expedition. Prior to this, Wilkins had served as a pilot in WWI and had made several polar expeditions flying over Antarctica. The Nautilus Expedition was a submarine exploration of the polar areas, in an attempt to gain data that would aid seasonal forecasting and weather patterns. The mission, for the most part, was unsuccessful due to numerous mechanical failures and setbacks, but it did pave the way for future submarine missions.

    Condition: Covers are in very fine condition, with moderate toning and usual wear. Some small areas of dampstaining; does not affect signatures. Letters range from good to very fine. Mail folds with some separations and chipping at edges. Photograph has some minor chipping at edges, does not affect the overall appearance of the image.

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    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
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