Listen! the Wind by Anne Morrow Lindbergh Inscribed and Signed by both Anne and Husband, Charles Lindbergh, Stated First Edition in Original Dust Jacket, 1938

This is a 1938 first edition in its original dust jacket of Listen! The Wind by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This remarkable printing is inscribed and signed by both Anne and her husband and famed pilot, Charles Lindbergh. The book features a foreward and map drawings by Charles A. Lindbergh. The book was published by Harcourt, Brace, New York.

Listen! The Wind is a 1938 book by the American writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It tells the story of Lindbergh's and her husband Charles Lindbergh's 1933 flight across the Atlantic Ocean, from Africa to South America. The trip was taken in effort to study the navigable air routes across the major oceans. Flight routes across countries and continents had been plotted, flown, and recorded. Only the oceans remained to be spanned. Over-water distances constituted the last major barrier to the commerce of air. The book focuses on the last ten days of the couple’s epic flight, when weather conditions and illness caused trouble for the couple.

The title is taken from the British poet Humbert Wolfe's poem “Autumn Resignation.” It is purported that when the Lindberghs were waiting for enough wind to start their flight in Gambia, Anne had kept reciting two lines from the poem: “Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.” 

Just like Lindbergh's first book, North to the Orient, Listen! The Wind became a bestseller and was among the ten best selling non-fiction books in the United States for two years in a row. It received the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Condition:

This is a stated first edition in original dust jacket, published 1938. The book is 12mo, in original gilt-pictorial red cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Top edge stained blue and light edge wear. Dust jacket is original and in good condition, save small creasing at edges. Endpapers slightly toned. Inscribed and signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on half title, additionally signed by Charles A. Lindbergh on half title and dated in his hand, October 6, 1938. 

The book is housed in a custom-made clamshell case. The case is archival light blue linen with quarter leather spine in black and red, with gold tooling.  A black and white photographic portrait of Anne Morrow Lindbergh is on the front of the clamshell.




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