THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, PREPUBLICATION COPY INSCRIBED BY CHARLES LINDBERGH
LINDBERGH, Charles A. The Spirit of St. Louis. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Octavo, original silver-stamped blue cloth recased, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $4900.
First trade edition of this "rare adventure," a prepublication copy inscribed on the title page: "To Howard O. W—— with best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh. Sept. 1953. Publication date is Sept 14th."
Winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, this is Lindbergh's riveting account of the first nonstop flight between the United States and Europe he undertook in 1927. "At its exciting best, this book keeps the reader cockpit close to a rare adventure" (Time). Illustrated with 16 pages of photographs, double-page map of the flight, and mechanical diagrams of the plane. Published simultaneously with a signed, numbered "Presentation" edition.
Book with minor dampstaining to edge of text block, bright dust jacket with only slight rubbing to edges. A handsome near-fine inscribed prepublication copy.