p. 140 says $1000 was spent on books for Little America.
p. 203: Chapter XXVI: A WELL SELECTED LIBRARY OF A THOUSAND VOLUMES PROVED A BOON IN ICE-BOUND LITTLE AMERICA. RADIO IN TOUCH WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD
When the Byrd expedition sailed from New York, it carried a round thousand volumes, It was, for the most part, a collection of stories of adventure which the Commander selected to solace his men through the long inevitably idle darkness. Kipling, London, Dumas, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott were the chief authors. But there was also Balzac, and Dickens and Conrad, and for the moody-minded there were “My Favorite Murder” and “The Psychology of Suicide.”
They were all at hand whenever a man had candy and a few leisure moments. And certainly there must have been leisure after the dark months arrived.
This book seems to have been produced in record fashion, between Byrd’s return from the Antarctic in June 1930 and the end of the year. See publishers’ note on p. .