A signed first edition of Wings For Life by pioneering aviator Ruth Rowland Nichols. Octavo, 317pp. Blue cloth spine, title in gilt on spine with decorative illustrations. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. In publishers near fine dust jacket, $3.95 on front flap, wear at edges but otherwise bright illustrations and vibrant colors. Inscribed by the author: “To Kamala Vars, With highest admiration of her piloting. Best wishes. Ruth Nichols (Oct. 26th, 1958).”
Comments: Ruth Rowland Nichols was an American aviation pioneer, beating Charles Lindbergh’s cross country air speed record in 1930 and the record for the longest distance flown by a woman in 1931. She attempted to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, but she crashed in New Brunswick. Along with Amelia Earhart, the media was captivated with her story, nicknaming her the “Flying Debutante,” a reference to her upbringing in New York social society. She died in 1960.