First Edition of William K. Vanderbilt's Final Book Flying Lanes: Being a Journal of a Flight Around South America and Over the Andes; in the rare original dust jacket
Flying Lanes: Being a Journal of a Flight Around South America and Over the Andes.
Vanderbilt, William K.$200.00
Item Number: 95186
New York: Privately Printed, 1937.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s final book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
A member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family, William "Willie" Kissam Vanderbilt II was a skilled sailor and yachtsman. Already extremely wealthy from a trust fund and from his income as president of the New York Central Railroad Company, on his father's death in 1920, "Willie" inherited a multimillion-dollar fortune. In 1925, he traded his luxury yacht Eagle for ownership of Fisher Island, Florida, a place he used as a winter residence. The present volume recounts Vanderbilt's flight from Miami to South America and over the Andes accompanied by his wife and close friends Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Huntington.
Other Books by this Author
First edition of Vanderbilt's Taking One's Own Ship Around the World; one of only 300 copies and from the library of adventurer Steve Fossett
Taking One’s Own Ship Around the World: A Journal Descriptive of Scenes and Incidents Together with Observations From the Log Books Recorded on the Voyage Around the World of the Yacht Ara.
New York: Privately Printed by William Edwin Rudge, 1929.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s account of his voyage around the world aboard the diesel yacht Ara. Folio, bound in the original brown buckram, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with engravings after photographs by Wiliam E. Belanske, Pierre C. Merillon, Charles H. Thompson, and Vanderbilt and 18 color plates with lettered tissue guards after watercolors by William E. Belankse. One of only 500 copies printed and 300 bound in buckram, this is number 437. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fosset was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.
First Edition of William K. Vanderbilt's West Made East With The Loss Of A Day; From the library of Steve Fossett
West Made East With The Loss Of A Day: A Chronicle of the First Circumnavigation of the Globe under the United States Naval Reserve Yacht Pennant.
New York: Privately Printed, by Edmund Garrett, 1933.
First edition, number 82 of 200 specially bound copies. Quarto, original half blue levant morocco gilt over stamped boards, the upper cover with a motif of the Alva’s flag, illustrated endpapers, in original slipcase. Near fine in a near fine slipcase. Lavishly illustrated throughout by William Belanske.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton’s classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author, “For Great Max another wild effusion- George.” The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
The 40th Anniversary of the economist’s classic work. Signed by F.A. Hayek. One of 200 signed numbered copies. Octavo, full morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with double-line gilt ruled borders, all edges gilt. In fine condition without wear.
New York: Villard Books, 1996.
First edition of this “engrossing work…with a telling eye for detail, Krakauer has captured the sad saga of a stubborn, idealistic young man” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by the author on the title page with the added words, “I now walk into the woods Jon Krakauer.” The line is from the Into the Wild. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Perr and Daniel Rembert. An exceptional example.