inscribed by Lindbergh to his business manager
LINDBERGH, CHARLES. (English) “We.” The Famous Flier’s Own Story of His Life and his Transatlantic Flight
New York: Putnam’s, 1927
318 pp. Original cloth and dust jacket. Very good.
FIRST EDITION. An important presentation copy inscribed and signed by Lindbergh on the portrait frontispiece to Donald E. Keyhoe. On May 20, 1927, Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field, New York in The Spirit of St. Louis. 33 ½ hours later he landed in Paris to a hero’s welcome, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic. This is Lindbergh’s book on his great achievement. “We” in the title refers to Lindbergh and his plane.
The naval aviator Donald Keyhoe, recipient of this presentation copy, managed Lindbergh’s triumphant 48-state tour after the Atlantic crossing. Keyhoe had been a Navy pilot of both balloons and airplanes and in later years was a successful author and test pilot, as well as a leading early authority on UFOs. Keyhoe has signed and inscribed this book.
Although signed copies of this book are not uncommon, presentation copies of this quality and interest are rare.