Rickenbacker: An Autobiography, Signed by Rickenbacker, First Edition, Third Printing, 1967

Rickenbacker, Edward. Rickenbacker: An Autobiography. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1967. First edition, third printing. Signed, inscribed, and dated by Rickenbacker on the first free end page. Octavo. Original dust jacket and boards, with a new custom archival slipcase.

This printing of Rickenbacker: An Autobiography is signed and inscribed by the famous pilot on the first free end page. The book was published in New Jersey by Prentice-Hall Inc., in 1967. This is a first edition, third printing of the book. The book retains its original dust jacket featuring a portrait of Rickenbacker in front of fighter planes. The book is presented with a new 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. 

In this autobiography, Rickenbacker gives his personal account of childhood, 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 for the future of air flight.

Rickenbacker signed, inscribed, and dated the first free end page of this book, in black ink. The inscription reads, “To ‘L. Chandler Eavensor,’ Eddie Rickenbacker 1967” in neat cursive script. This book was signed in the same year as the book’s publication. 


Overall very good condition. The book is inscribed by Eddie Rickenbacker on the first free end page. Inscription and signature in black felt-tip ink. Signature is legible and is dated to 1967. Hardcover boards are healthy with only a little bumping. The pages are internally clean and bright. The book’s original dust jacket is in very good condition. Dust jacket is now protected by a new Mylar cover.  The book is housed in a custom archival cloth slipcase adorned with an inlaid photo of a young Rickenbacker in front of a fighter plane.

Dimensions: 9 1/2" H x 6 7/8" W x 2 3/8" D.

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