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REMARKABLE ARCHIVE OF MATERIALS RELATING TO HUGHES' RECORD-BREAKING ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT IN 1938, INCLUDING HANDWRITTEN HUGHES ITEMS AND THREE DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY HIM

HUGHES, Howard. Archive. Various places, largely 1935-38.

Fascinating, extensive, and carefully curated archive relating to Howard Hughes' record-breaking 1938 flight around the globe, including three signed documents and two pages of autograph notes, as well as two flags carried by Hughes on his round-the-world flight, filling three large folio-size clamshell boxes. From the files of Albert Lodwick, President of the Aviation Manufacturing Corporation, Hughes' personal friend who served as press agent for the historic flight. $22,000.

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RARE PRINTER’S PROOFS OF SAINT-EXUPÉRY’S PILOTE DE GUERRE, INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS GOOD FRIEND MICHEL BERTIN

SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Pilote de Guerre—printer’s proofs. Paris, 1942.

Early printer’s proofs of the first French edition of Pilote de Guerre, Saint-Exupéry’s account of his role in the French Air Force during the 1940 Battle of France. This set of proofs presented by Saint-Exupéry to his good friend Michel Bertin, inscribed and signed by him in blue pen on the first sheet: “A Michel Bertin, a jeu d’epreuves d’un petit livre sur le France avec tout ma trés profonde amitié. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.” [“A set of proofs of a small book about France with all my very deep friendship.”]. $9000.

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"I LEARN, MORE AND MORE HOW FACTS BECOME TWISTED WITH TIME… THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT STARTED ME WRITING 'THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS'"

LINDBERGH, Charles A. Typed letter signed. Darien, Connecticut, April 21, 1953.

Original 1953 typed letter from Charles Lindbergh to his friend, U.S. Air Services editor Earl Findley, expressing gratitude for Findley's comment on the first serialized installment of "The Spirit of St. Louis" in The Saturday Evening Post; lamenting the fact that facts are often twisted, even by good people; and explaining that, contrary to popular belief, the propeller on his plane was not wooden, signed by Charles Lindbergh. Accompanied by two news service photographs of Charles Lindbergh. $7500.

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SIGNED BY BILL LEAR, BUZZ ALDRIN, GERALD FORD, AND THE AUTHOR

LEAR, Bill and Moya. Unforgettable Flight. Reno, 1996.

Signed limited first edition, one of only 20 copies for presentation, signed by Moya Olsen Lear, Buzz Aldrin, Gerald Ford, and Learjet test pilots Hank Beaird and Clay Lacy, with the clipped signature of William Lear laid in. This copy specially bound by the publisher in full calf and housed in publisher’s full calf slipcase. $6500.

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THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, PREPUBLICATION COPY INSCRIBED BY CHARLES LINDBERGH

LINDBERGH, Charles A. The Spirit of St. Louis. New York, 1953.

First trade edition of this "rare adventure," a prepublication copy inscribed on the title page: "To Alfred S. F—— with best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh. August, 1953. Publication date is Sept. 14th." $4900.

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"GO WITH ME BY AUTOMOBILE TO KITTY HAWK"

WRIGHT, Orville. Typed letter signed. Dayton, Ohio, April 1, 1939.

Rare original 1939 letter from Orville Wright to his close friend, the journalist and longtime editor of U.S. Air Services Earl N. Findley, inquiring as to whether Findley could accompany him to Kitty Hawk; discussing his attempts to use his new typewriter; and expressing disinterest in a radio broadcast except insofar as it upset Findley, signed by Orville Wright as "Orville." $4800.

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"EN HOMMAGE DE L'AUTEUR"

SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Pilote de Guerre. New York, 1942.

Rare limited first edition of Pilote de Guerre, Saint-Exupéry's account of his role in the French Air Force during the 1940 Battle of France, number 497 of 450 copies on Corisan paper (out of a total edition of 526) inscribed on the half title: "En hommage de l'auteur. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry." $4500.

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FIRST EDITION OF GODDARD’S LIQUID-PROPELLANT ROCKET DEVELOPMENT

GODDARD, Robert H. Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development. Washington, D.C. March 16, 1936. First separate edition of Goddard’s research on rocket fuel, containing “the first public mention of his historic 1926 liquid-fueled rocket launch” (Ciancone 85), with 11 pages of black-and-white photographs.
$3200.

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INSCRIBED BY BOTH ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
AND CHARLES LINDBERGH

LINDBERGH, Anne Morrow. North to the Orient. New York, 1935.

First edition of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s account of her journey to Alaska and along the Arctic Circle to Russia, China and Japan. Inscribed on the half title: “For Mayor and Mrs. Theodore J. Koenig, from Anne Morrow Lindbergh” and beneath his wife’s inscription Charles Lindbergh has signed, “Charles A. Lindbergh. Long Barn, 1936.” $2900.

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