Earhart, Amelia. 20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1928. First Grosset edition, signed by Amelia Earhart. In the original dust jacket and presented with a custom matching clamshell.
Presented is the first Grosset edition of Amelia Earhart’s 20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship published in 1928. The celebrated pilot signed the book on a front blank endpaper. The autobiography features 61 illustrations and 314 pages of text. Adorned in the original vibrant blue and orange dust jacket, this book is housed in a custom made matching archival clamshell.
Amelia Earhart is arguably one of the most famous pilots to date. This book focuses on her first transatlantic flight from New York to Wales adding personal notes and childhood anecdotes to the log entries from the famous flight. The journey, made with Wilmer Stultz and Louis E. Gordon, labeled Earhart as the first woman to make the transatlantic flight despite her role as a passenger. Not long after the publication of this autobiography, Earhart would make her own solo flight across the Atlantic and use her fame to further the growing feminist movement in the 1930s.
Earhart’s tragic disappearance in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the world proved heartbreaking for America. However her personality, thoughts, and early accomplishments are preserved in Our Flight in the Friendship.
Overall very good condition. Octavo. Original dust jacket, in vibrant blues and oranges. The jacket is now protected by a clear Mylar cover. The binding is tight and the original blue boards with orange embossing are in great condition considering age. Earhart’s signature is on a free page. The black ink pen signature is small, yet legible.
The book is presented in a newly made custom archival clamshell in quarter navy leather with orange cloth. The spines have raised bands, gilt titles, and stamps. The front of the clamshell has an inlaid portrait of Earhart in front of her plane.Dimensions: Book: 8 3/4"H x 5 3/4" W x 1 3/8" D. Clamshell: 9 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 2 1/4" D.
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