Signed limited first edition, one of an unknown limitation signed by Lindbergh as a special "presentation edition," chronicling Lindberg's journey on the first successful solo transatlantic flight.
THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
"The Spirit of St. Louis is a wonderful plane. It's like a living creature, gliding along smoothly, happily, as though a successful flight means as much to it as to me, as though we shared our experiences together, each feeling beauty, life, and death as keenly, each dependent on the other's loyalty. We have made this flight across the ocean, not I or it."
A memoir of one of the most celebrated technical feats of the 20th century. Lindbergh had pioneered airmail routes in the 1920s, and was able to secure backers from St. Louis (hence his plane's name) to make the attempt to win the race for the Orteig Prize for the first nonstop flight between New York and Paris. The flight took 33.5 hours (during which Lindbergh could not sleep), and Lindbergh was immediately celebrated on an international scale. Growing up in the 1930s, biographer Leonard Mosley describes Lindbergh as "the greatest hero of the nineteen twenties and thirties [...] we pinned his picture over our beds and made fretwork models of the Spirit of St. Louis." This book was published retrospectively, after Lindbergh's aggressively noninterventionist stance during World War II, and has greatly contributed to the lasting mythology surrounding his historic flight. A beautiful signed copy.
Read more: Mosley, Lindbergh: A Biography.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original full red cloth, front board lettered and stamped with central plane vignette in silver, spine lettered in silver. In original glassine. Blue topstain. Illustrated with 16 pages of photographic plates. , xiv, 562 pages. Only one corner of glassine chipped and presentation inscriptions on verso of front endpaper, else fine, crisp, and beautiful.
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