"THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO HAVE ONE OF THESE COPIES": PRESENTATION EDITION, PUBLISHER'S PRESENTATION COPY, OF THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, SIGNED BY LINDBERGH, WITH AN INSCRIBED BUSINESS CARD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, CHARLES SCRIBNER, JR.
LINDBERGH, Charles A. The Spirit of St. Louis. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Octavo, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, original acetate dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $6000.
"Presentation" first edition, publisher's presentation copy, number 14 of an undetermined limitation, signed by Lindbergh on a tipped-in leaf, with the laid-in business card of Charles Scribner, Jr., President of Charles Scribner's Sons, the publisher of the book, inscribed: "Thought you might like to have one of these copies. Charlie."
Winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, this is Lindbergh's riveting account of the first solo 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. Without scarce original shipping carton. With the laid-in business card of Charles Scribner, Jr., President of Charles Scribner's Sons—the publisher of this book—inscribed: "Thought you might like to have one of these copies. Charlie." Lindbergh's involvement with the publication of his book was not attenuated through ghostwriters or publicists. Rather, he spent 14 years working on the manuscript for The Spirit of St. Louis. When he finally received the galleys, he and his wife pored over them obsessively. Scribner recalled, ""He would measure the difference between a semicolon and a colon to make sure each as what it ought to be. To him, every detail in the book has as much significance as if it were a moving part in the airplane." The result was an unusually accomplished celebrity memoir, one that clearly caught Scribner's eye enough to use the presentation edition for gifting. Paper clip stain to business card.
Paper clip stain to first few leaves of text, cloth handsome. A very nearly fine signed presentation copy.