Arnold, H.H., Global Mission. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949. Signed and inscribed first edition. Presented in original dust jacket with matching custom archival clamshell.
This is a 1949 first edition of H.H. Arnold’s Global Mission. Arnold signed the second free end page and inscribed with blue ink “To Ashley T. Cole, Here’s hoping that you find this book interesting. H. H. Arnold 12 Oct 49.” The book features its original bold yellow, blue, and black dust jacket and is housed in a matching quarter leather clamshell.
H. H. Arnold was the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force and was instrumental in the planning of aerial attacks against Japan and the daylight bombings raids on Germany in WWII. This autobiography presents Arnold’s account of how the U.S. Air Force was developed and the fateful strategic decisions made during WWII, all intertwined with his own colorful life story. Beginning with his childhood, “Hap” Arnold details his story and the events culminating with the U.S. as the greatest Air Force in the world.
Overall very good condition. The blue ink pen signature and inscription is clear and legible. The black boards have minor bumping but otherwise the boards are in very good condition. The internal pages are clean and bright. The first edition book has one transfer page and the dust jacket has undergone conservation. The original dust jacket has been in-painted where chips occurred and has some overall wear but is now in a protective mylar cover. The book is housed in a custom matching quarter leather archival clamshell decorated with an image of a painting of Hap Arnold.
Dimensions: 9.75” H x 7.25” W x 2.75” D (with clamshell)