First edition of The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh. Octavo, xii, [2pp contents], 562pp. Blue cloth, silver title on spine, illustration of plane on cover. First trade edition, with [A] on copyright page. Top edge stained blue. Cloth on spine shows some wear, with evidence of handling at top edge of spine. Publisher’s first edition dust jacket, $5.00 retail price, 2cm closed tear along top edge of rear panel, light wear at edges, bright illustrations and vibrant colors. An excellent copy in an attractive first state dust jacket.
Comments: The Spirit of St. Louis was first published in 1953 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography in 1954. Lindbergh’s first account of the journey, titled “We,” was published shortly after he made the historic flight in 1927. Lindbergh was never happy with this account of his journey, so he wrote Of Flight and Life, which covered his life in more detail. Charles’ wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was a ghostwriter on The Spirit of St. Louis, and its success is widely attributed to her writing skills.