20 HRS. 40 MIN.: Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic By Air, Tells Her Story. [together with Typed Letter Signed by Earhart] New York, London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
First trade edition, after a signed limited edition of only 150 copies.
Octavo. 314 pp., including 61 black and white illustrations. Burgundy publisher's cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, top edges stained yellow, illustrated endpapers. With original dust jacket. Minor rubbing to cloth, spine very slightly cocked, top corners bumped. Jacket is rubbed and lightly soiled, with several small nicks and chips to edges. A very good copy, signed and inscribed by Earhart on verso of frontispiece: "To / General New / who knows so / many stories. / herewith / my only one. / Amelia Earhart". Laid in is a typed letter signed by Earhart on Cosmopolitan stationary, dated January 16, 1929, to Harry S. New. In the letter Earhart thanks New for hosting her at a progressive dinner and presents him with the book to express her admiration at his "inexhaustible supply of stories". A copy of New's reply letter is stapled to the original. Both are folded in half, the reply has some chipping and edge-wear. A lovely set, with a wonderful association.
Inscribed first trade edition of Earhart's first book, with a charming signed letter.
Amelia Earhart (b. 1897; missing 1937, declared dead 1939) was a legendary aviation pioneer and author. 20 Hrs. 40 Min. tells the story of her experience as a passenger in the Friendship, when she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Four years later, in 1932, she piloted her own airplane from Newfoundland to Ireland, becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo. She served as 'Aviation Editor' at Cosmopolitan magazine from 1928-1930, and used the position to campaign for women in aviation.
Harry Stewart New (1858–1937) was an American politician and journalist. He served as a United States Senator from 1916-1922, after which he was appointed Postmaster General in 1923.