This is a 1938 first edition printing of Listen! The Wind by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, presented in its original dust jacket. The book is inscribed and signed by both author Anne Lindbergh and her husband and famed pilot, Charles A. Lindbergh. The book features a foreword and illustrated map by Charles Lindbergh. The book was published by Harcourt, Brace, New York.
Listen! The Wind tells the story of Anne and 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. By the 1930’s, flight routes across countries and continents had been plotted, flown, and recorded. Only the oceans remained to be spanned. Over-water distances presented the last major barrier to successful air commerce. The book focuses on the last ten days of the couple’s epic flight, when they faced troubling weather conditions and illness.
The title of Listen! The Wind is inspired by 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 recited two lines from the poem: “Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.”
Listen! The Wind received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. 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.
This is a stated first edition in the original dust jacket, published 1938. 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 creases at the edges. Endpapers slightly toned. Inscribed and signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on half title. 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. Dimensions: 9 3/8" H x 6 3/4" W x 2 1/8" D (with clamshell).
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