Rickenbacker, Edward. Rickenbacker: An Autobiography. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1967. First edition, third printing. Signed and inscribed by Rickenbacker. Original dust jacket and custom archival slipcase.
This first edition, third printing of Rickenbacker is signed by the famous pilot on the first free end page and reads, “Christmas 1967 Eddie Rickenbacker 1967.” In addition to the inscription, Rickenbacker gifted the book to Dan Doughty from “Ed” and placed a Christmas sticker above his signature. The book retains its original dust jacket featuring a portrait of Rickenbacker in front of fighter planes. The book is presented in a complimentary blue custom archival slipcase.
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was the most celebrated U.S. air ace of WWI. In a time when aerial battles were novel, Rickenbacker became the nation’s first fighter squadron commander. He accumulated twenty-six victories and led the 94th Aero Pursuit “Hat-in-the-Ring” Squadron as the first all-American fighter squadron to engage in combat. Beginning with his childhood, Rickenbacker gives his personal account of his pre-war career, his essential place in WWI, and his post-war endeavors as an industrialist in the automobile and commercial airline industries, ending with his projections of the future.
Overall very good condition. The signature on the first free end page is in clear, dark marker and the Christmas sticker is still well-pasted down. The black and blue boards featuring Rickenbacker’s initials are slightly sunned along the top and bottom edges. The binding is partially loose, but otherwise the boards are in very good condition. The pages are internally clean and bright. The book’s original dust jacket is in very good condition with only one clipped corner and it is now protected by a mylar cover. The book is housed in a custom made archival blue slipcase adorned with a photo of a young Rickenbacker in front of a fighter plane.
Dimensions: 9.75” H x 6.75” W x 2.5” D (with slipcase)
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