New York, London: G.P. Putman's Sons, 1927. Malone, Robert James. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Author's Presentation Edition, limited to 100 copies of which this is 'P4', quarto size, 308 pp., signed by Lindbergh and by publisher G.P. Putnams Sons, with the publisher's biographical pamphlet slipped in. Near fine. Item #17031001
The first printing from type not previously used in 1927, with subsequent printings from electrotypes taken from that type for the popular edition which was released several weeks prior to the limited Autograph edition; hence this is truly the first printing. Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) was one of America's great heroes, famous for his Icarus-like achievements as a pilot. "WE" was written shortly after he achieved international stardom flying his renowned single-engine monoplane "Spirit of St. Louis" nonstop from New York to Paris, for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; his first book, written early in his career, before conflict, conspiracy and tragedy tarnished his life and reputation.
Publisher George Palmer Putnam (1887-1950) was an admirer of Lindbergh, and would go on to marry Amelia Earhart. With the attractive bookplate of Katie S. Matthews, engraved by New York jewelers Black, Starr and Frost (before 1929). Frontispiece a black and white etching by Robert James Malone (b. 1892) of an airplane centered by spotlights ascending from the earth, with the caption "And out of the night came a silver bird bearing a boy who carried letters of introduction to Paris".
___DESCRIPTION: Original half vellum and brown paper covered boards with vellum tips, upper board and backstrip stamped in gilt, all edges uncut, pastedown endpapers illustrated in brown, frontis by Robert James Malone as described above, title page in brown and black, fifty-one black and white photographs throughout the text; Old Stratford paper, quarto size (9 7/8" by 6 1/2"), pagination: [1-4] 5-308, the "Author's Presentation Edition" limited to 100 copies of which this is 'P4', signed by Lindbergh and by publisher G.P. Putnams Sons on the limitation page at the front of the book. With the publisher's biographical pamphlet slipped in, housed in the publisher's navy-blue box, all of which are housed in a custom clamshell box.
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the binding is unrubbed and shows only light, stray soil marks and some sunning to the spine, the corners straight and unrubbed, structurally sound with a tight, square text block with the front hinge slightly tender but holding well, rear hinge solid, internally bright, free of prior owner markings other than the bookplate mentioned above; overall a near fine copy. The publisher's pamphlet is very good, some light creasing and some unobtrusive tape repair to the first page by a prior owner, both boxes are near fine, strong and sturdy, it appears as though the prior owner had some restoration work done to the original publisher's box, the custom clamshell box unrubbed with light dustiness.
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