SIGNED BY AMELIA EARHART, WITH AN ORIGINAL VOICE RECORDING OF HER ACCOUNT OF HER FAMOUS TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT
EARHART, Amelia. The Fun of It. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $8500.
First edition, first printing, signed by Earhart, with original silvertone phonograph recording of her internationally broadcast speech given the day she completed her solo transatlantic flight.
Subtitled "Random Records of My Own Flying and of Women in Aviation," The Fun of It covers Earhart's life through May 20-21, 1932, "when Miss Earhart, alone in a Lockheed Vega monoplane with a single Wasp engine, negotiated 2,026 miles through storm and fog from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to a cow pasture on the outskirts of Londonderry, Ireland. The flight set a transatlantic record of 14 hours, 56 minutes… and stirred such public adulation that she confided, 'I'll be glad when the zoo part is over'" (ANB). First printing, with no listing of printings on copyright page. With frontispiece portrait and 30 additional photographic illustrations. Original record stored, as issued, in pocket on rear pastedown endpaper, accompanied by a protective paper disc.
Book near-fine; price-clipped dust jacket with light edge-wear and creasing, a few tape repairs to verso, toning to spine, very good. Scarce and desirable signed and with phonograph recording.