The Pilot of the First Solo Trans-Atlantic Flight Signs His Book to the Pilot of the First Space Station Mission.Charles Lindbergh's The Spirit of St. Louis Signed to and Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Paul Weitz. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953). A later printing ($6.95 DJ price) hardcover with dust jacket present, blue cloth with silver gilt on front and spine, halftone illustrations, 562 pages, 8vo. Signed on the full title page "To Paul J. Weitz/ With best wishes,/ Charles A. Lindbergh". This title page also contains Weitz's personalized "Library of..." embossment. This book tells the complete story of Lindbergh's legendary 1927 non-stop flight from New York to Paris aboard the single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis. A fabulous juxtaposition of early aviation history with modern space technology. This association copy is worthy of the finest of aviation or space collections. Book about fine, dust jacket fair.
Included with this lot is a signed, handwritten Letter of Certification from Weitz on his personal letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this copy of the book 'The Spirit of St. Louis' was presented to me by Charles Lindbergh. It is inscribed 'To Paul J. Weitz with best wishes.. Charles A. Lindbergh'. Mr. Lindbergh was on a visit to the Manned Spacecraft Center (later renamed the Johnson Space Center) and met with some members of the Astronaut Office for a very interesting informal discussion. This book is from my personal collection of aviation and space artifacts."
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