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Wright, Orville; Corrigan, Douglas "Wrong Way"; Lindbergh, Charles; etc. National Aeronautic Association, Federation Aeronautique Internationale, 1928
Pilot's license for one Lloyd Marion Best (Nov. 25, 1905-Jan. 11, 1993) signed by Orville Wright and Douglas Corrigan; 4 pages (2 1/2" x 4") with photo of Mr. Best, in a black leather wallet style pocket book [together with] 3 cowling rings and a piece of fabric (3 1/4" x 3 1/4") dated 1927, from the Spirit of St. Louis [together with] more than 225 photos, in sizes from 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" to 11" x 14" a letter (ALS) from Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan to Mr. Best saying that his historic airplane, the Robin, was on display at the 1939-40 World's Fair: "Wrong Way" also writes: "The punishment that Mr. Mulligan gave me was in a cablegram delivered to me as I got in the steamship S. S. Manhattan to come back to the U.S. It said your pilots license is hereby revoked for 5 days - It took the boat 5 days to get back to N.Y." The letter is dated June 1, 1985 and is in the original envelope. [Together with] Program for the Coming-out Party and Celebration" for the Ryan NYP-3, Monday, Dec. 4, 1978 and signed by 7 of the men who built the original Spirit and many other documents, pamphlets and letters related to early aviation. Among the photos is an 11" x 14" black and white photo of the luncheon held for Charles Lindbergh in San Diego on Spet 22, 1927, showing all 125 employees of Mahoney (Ryan) Aircraft Co., showing Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan standing just behind Lindbergh, and Lloyd M. Best seated directly across from Lindbergh. Some other 8" x 10" photos are of Mr. Best in the Lincoln Sport Plane, which he built in 1927-28, with the 35 hp Szleky 3 cylinder engine, Douglas Corrigan standing beside his modified Curtiss Robin OX-5, photo dated September 18, 1938excellent 8" x 10" photo of the Welcoming Committee for Douglas Corrigan at Lindbergh Field, in 1938, showing Corrigan, Lloyd M. Best, Fred Rohr T. Claude Ryan, J. J. "Red" Harrigan,, Dan Burnett, and several others. Another photo shows the instrument panel of the Spirit, during construction.
Another photo shows Mr. Best standing beside a Ryan M1 at Dutch Flats, in August 1927 - Charles Lindbergh flew this aircraft, so did Mr. Best. Worth noting are 13 color photos (4" x 6") of Douglas Corrigan and Ed Morrow, taken in December 1984. [Together with] a log book kept by Mr. Best while employed at B. F. Mahoney Aircraft Co., showing date of completed wings, from 28, 1928 to Oct. 19, 1928. Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (1907 - 1995) worked at B. F. Mahoney Aircraft in 1927 with M. Best; it was Corrigan who pulled the chocks from the Spirit of St. Louis when Lindbergh took off from San Diego to New York to prepare for his historic flight. In 1933, Corrigan purchased a used 1929 Curtiss Robin OX-5 for $310 and began to modify it for a transatlantic flight. Federal officials deemed his Robin too unstable for a transatlantic flight, so he denied permission. On the morning of July 17, 1938, Corrigan filed a flight plan at Floyd Bennett Field indicating a return to California, but he flew East, not West. Twenty-eight hours and 13 minutes later, he landed in Dublin, Ireland, introduced himself and said, "Just got in from New York. Where am I? I intended to fly to California." He was instantly dubbed "Wrong Way" Corrigan by the press - he and his escapade were front page and broadcast news for days and he was instantly an American folk hero. He and Robin (crated) were returned to New York on August 4th and treated to a ticker tape parade on Broadway, which attracted an estimated million fans and was said to have been even greater than Lindbergh's in 1927.
Grafton, Sue. London: Peter Owen Limited, 1969
Signed on title page by Sue Grafton without personalization. Signing witnessed by bookseller, Charles Parkhurst. Bound in original orange boards, spine lettered gilt; pictorial dust jacket, with price in pounds sterling on front flap. Author's second and rarest book. Only two copies show in the auction records. A beautiful copy, with small owner address label on front end paper and date stamp on front paste down. Armorial bookplate laid-in. Includes: the original publisher's contract for "The Lolly-Madonna War," a completely typed agreement with Peter Owen Ltd. of London, dated December 10, 1968. Three legal size pages of typescript, outlining rights, royalties, advance, etc. The contract is Signed "Sue Grafton (Schmidt)." Some creasing to the thin paper with a chip in the margin of the first two pages from a removed staple. Since Grafton decided not to publish the book in the U. S. and never allowed it to be reprinted, this is the only contract ever Signed for this early effort.
Genre: Modern First Edition, Mystery, Signed
Churchill, Sir Winston S. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1948-53
An outstanding set, all first printings and all in first issue dust jackets, with price of $6.00 on front flaps. Housed in the rare publisher's original Wooden box - this is only the third set we have seen in the publisher's wooden box. The color on the dust jackets is strong and vibrant; dust jackets are all about fine, with volume 3 showing a small chip at head of front panel. Volume 1 The Gathering storm, 784 pp. Volume 2, Their Finest Hour, 751 pp. Volume 3, The Grand Alliance, 903 pp. Volume 4, The Hinge of Fate, 1000 pp. Volume 5, Closing The Ring, 749 pp. Volume 6, Triumph and Tragedy, 800 pp. An outstanding set of Churchill's great work.
Genre: Churchill, World War II, Sets, History, Military
Gardner, Erle Stanley. New York: William Morrow & Co. 1959
First Edition of Gardner's 100th book! Signed and Inscribed by Erle Stanley Gardner to his niece Nordie "With all the best from Uncle Erle" on the FEP. A fine copy in a fine pictorial dust jacket by H. Lawrence Hoffman 247 pp.
Genre: Modern First Edition, Mystery, Signed, Inscribed
Shakespeare, William. London: J. Tonson, 1734
First separate edition. Frontispiece by P. Fourdrinier. A fine copy bound to style in recent panel leather, single gilt rule border, spine lettering gilt. A lovely copy. No separate edition of this play appeared until 1734 publication of competing editions by Jacob Tonson and Robert Walker, who both also issued it in sets of Shakespeare's complete works. The Tonson edition offered here contains a piracy notice against Walker on page . (Jaggard, p. 438) 71 pp.
Genre: Shakespeare, Literature, Plays, Leather Bound