"Along with most of my fellow fliers, I believed that aviation had a brilliant future. Now we live, today, in our dreams of yesterday; and, living in those dreams, we dream again": First Edition of The Spirit of St. Louis; Inscribed by Charles A. Lindbergh prior to Publication

  • The Spirit of St. Louis.
  • The Spirit of St. Louis.
  • The Spirit of St. Louis.

The Spirit of St. Louis.


Item Number: 95135

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953.

First edition of Lindbergh’s autobiographical account about the events leading up to and including his 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page prior to publication, “To Florrie Grenfell, with admiration and best wishes, Charles Lindbergh August, 1953 Publication date is Sept. 14th.” The recipient, Florence Emily Grenfell was the eldest daughter of London merchant importer George William Henderson. In 1913, she married British banker and politician Edward Charles Grenfell, best known for his positions as a senior partner at Morgan, Grendell & Co., director of the Bank of England (1905-1940), and Member of Parliament for the City of London (1922-1935). Grenfell was Lindbergh’s hostess in London before the war, once persuading the publicity shy Charles to accompany her to a nightclub to see Josephine Baker perform. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George W. Thompson. A nice association.

Winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, this is Charles Lindbergh’s riveting account of the first 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).

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