The first edition, first printing of The Amazing Mr. Doolittle by Quentin Reynolds, inscribed by Gen. James H. Doolittle.
Octavo, , 313pp. Black hardcover, title stamped in silver on spine and front cover. The first printing, with (1) on the last page of text. Sunning to black hardcover spine, soiling to top edge of text block, occasional foxing within text block. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $3.95 on front flap, light sunning to spine, chipping at top edge of spine, a bright example.
Inscribed to the Vice President of Western Air Lines on the front free endpaper: “To Stan Shatto, With kindest personal regards and every good wish. J.H. Doolittle.”
Gen. James H. Doolittle (1896-1993) was the recipient of the Medal of Honor for his raid on mainland Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Known as the Doolittle Raid, the long-range bombing raid utilized 16 B-25B Mitchell medium bombers, with the plan to land in unoccupied China. The bombing raid was successful and a major morale booster for the United States, four months after the surprise attack on Hawaii.