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Scarce Author-Signed 1967 "Rickenbacker: An Autobiography" of WWI Ace Eddie Rickenbacker
ARTIFACT: This is a scarce author-signed hardcover copy of "Rickenbacker: An Autobiography". Born in 1890, Edward Vernon Rickenbacker first gained fame as the United States' premier ace during World War I. He went on to become a famous aviator, the founder Rickenbacker Motor Company (later Rickenbacker-Berks) and longtime head of Eastern Airlines. This autobiography was published in 1967 by Prentice-Hall and has its original dust jacket. It contains photos of Rickenbacker posing with Amelia Earhart and President Calvin Coolidge, among other personalities. It also displays newspaper clippings and illustrations pertinent to the time when Rickenbacker was wrongly believed dead in a 1941 Atlanta plane crash. The Atlanta crash would not be his only brush with premature death: he spent twenty-four days on a life raft in 1942 after a the B-17 aboard which he was flying over the Pacific failed. Rickenbacker passed away in 1973.
VINTAGE: Circa 1967.
SIZE: 458 pages with black-and-white photographs and some illustrations; approximately 9-1/4"e; in height and 6-1/4" in width and 1-3/4" in thickness.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Embossed cloth-bound cover, paper glossy paper dust jacket.
ATTACHMENT: Glued binding.
MARKINGS: George Ball (Barr?) Owner Eddie Rickenbacker 1968 signature on first blank page; Fifth Printing December, 1967 1967 by Edward V. Rickenbacker; 78100 on back cover.
ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Army Air Forces collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. LAGEX4/13
CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The book is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or writing inside, and only some light wear to the edges of the cover and to the dust jacket.