First edition of The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh, signed by the author to Conger Goodyear.
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. Publisher’s first state dust jacket, $5.00 retail price, a fine example, being housed in custom cloth slipcase with chemise. This book is inscribed to Anson Conger Goodyear, a prominent member of the Goodyear family and the first president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Signed on the title page: “To Conger Goodyear, With best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh.”
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.