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    Charles Lindbergh's The Spirit of St. Louis Signed on the title page, "To Rita Berman/ With best wishes,/ Charles A. Lindbergh". New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1953]. Blue cloth, first edition, 8vo. The end papers are illustrated with a reproduction of Burnell Poole's aquatint, The Epic of the Air. Lindbergh won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for this book about his 1927 transatlantic solo flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. Some fading on spine and around the edges of the front board; fine.

    Also offered here is a fascinating Harold L. Ickes typed letter signed as Secretary of the Interior, two pages, 8" x 10.5", Washington, July 23, 1941. In this letter, Ickes is responding to a letter from Dr. Paul Boller, Minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Far Rockaway, New York. Lindbergh was suspected of being a Nazi sympathizer and Ickes defends his right to criticize Lindbergh as freedom of speech, not its denial. Ickes writes in part: "The right of freedom of speech also covers the right to object to that speech and to criticize it. . . for example, Mr. Lindbergh has the right - which he undoubtedly has and which no one has ever denied him - to attack the President of the United States, then you, or I, or any other citizen has the same right (no more and no less) to attack Mr. Lindbergh for that criticism." Very fine.

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