Yeager: An Autobiography, Inscribed by Chuck Yeager

Yeager, Chuck and Leo Janos. Yeager: An Autobiography. New York: Bantam Books, 1985. Early printing signed and inscribed by Yeager. Has original dust jacket and is housed in custom slipcase.

This early printing of Yeager: An Autobiography was published in 1985 by Bantam Books. The first free endpage is inscribed with “To Mike Ratay Good Luck!, Chuck Yeager” in clear black ink. The original dust jacket is protected in a clear mylar cover.

Known most famously as the first man to break the sound barrier in his Bell X-1 rocket plane, Yeager began his career during WWII with the Army Air Force. He made “ace in a day” after shooting down five enemy planes in a single mission, a coveted title amongst combat pilots. After his service in the war, Yeager qualified as a test pilot and began the trajectory that would launch him into lasting fame. Yeager and his plane broke the sound barrier for the first time on October 4, 1947 reaching a speed of 700 miles per hour. “Glamorous Glennis” was purposefully built for this one task with its rocket engine and shape mimicking a 0.50 caliber machine gun bullet known for stability in supersonic flight. Making the historic flight with broken ribs, Yeager’s driven personality and accomplished career are apparent through his detailed autobiography that ends with his retired life and continued passions.


Overall good condition. The boards and pages are in very good condition with no signs of tears or stains. The edges are slightly sunned, but otherwise good. The original dust jacket has some loss around the edges but no loss of text. One second-hand seller’s sticker is adhered to the back of the cover. The dust jacket has received some conservation treatment and is now in a protective mylar cover. A custom blue archival slipcase houses the book and is decorated with a photo of Yeager in front of his famous Bell X-1.

Dimensions: 9.75” H x 6.75” W x 1.75” D (with slipcase)

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