Inscribed to National Security Advisor Colin Powell, the first edition of The American Flying Boat by Captain Richard C. Knott, USN.
Large octavo, xiv, 262pp. Red cloth, title in silver on spine. Stated “Third printing” on copyright page. Solid text block, light wear to edges. In the publisher’s dust jacket, no price listed, toning to edges, light wear to corners, some shelf wear. Inscribed on the title page “22 December 1988 / To Colin and Alma with warmest regards! Dick Knott.”
Colin Powell (1937-2021) served as the United States Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration, the first African American to hold the post. He also served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan (1987-1989) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-1993. Powell was discussed as a possible Republican presidential contender in 1996 and 2000, but he declined to run both times. He passed away in 2021, survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Alma Powell.