The Arthur Ronnie Collection: Books & Autogaphs

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Blacksparrow Auctions is pleased to present The Arthur Ronnie Collection: Books and Autographs, to be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 11am PST. James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, CA will host the live auction. Public preview is available from February 4 to 9, also at James Gray Gallery.

This is an unprecedented selection of over 200 lots assembled by an individual collector who personally interviewed many of the authors and obtained autographs for over 70 years throughout his career as a newspaper reporter and as a publicist in the entertainment field. The collection features presidents, explorers, aviation, and Hollywood entertainment. A few of the many highlights include:

• Under the North Pole: The Wilkins-Ellsworth Submarine Expedition, Lincoln Ellsworth’s copy
• 20 hrs. 40 min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story, Amelia Earhart’s personal copy with piece of fabric from the Friendship
• The Fun of It: Random Records of My Own Flying and of Women in Aviation, Amelia Earhart’s copy with her bookplate and signature, as well as the signatures of other early aviatrixes
• The Spirit of St. Louis, Presentation Edition signed by Charles A. Lindbergh, T. Claude Ryan, Otto W. Timm, and Bud Gurney
• WE. The Famous Flier’s Own Story of his Life and his Transatlantic flight, together with his views on the future of Aviation, Signed Limited Edition, additionally signed by T. Claude Ryan, Otto W. Timm, and Bud Gurney
• Memoirs by Harry S. Truman, both volumes inscribed
• The White House Years: Waging Peace, 1956-1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Signed Limited Edition
• Listen! The Wind and North to the Orient, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, each book signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh

Complementing the signed books is a group of signed color lithographs, including a who’s who of early and pioneer aviators such as Charles Taylor, Grover Loening, Douglas Campbell, William Bishop, Gianni Caproni, Richard E. Byrd, A.V. Roe, Ruth Law, Ernest Hall, Jacqueline Cochran, Charles Lindbergh, Katherine Stinson, Henri Farman, and many more.

The featured item of the sale is a 2-volume set of The Lafayette Flying Corps (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920, First Edition). A presentation copy, signed and inscribed by James N. Hall and Charles Bernard Nordhoff to Dr. Edmund Gros, “For Doctor Gros, with warm regards, James N. Hall, Chas. Nordhoff, Tahiti, Oct. 14, 1927.” It is additionally signed by five surviving members of the Corps who signed on their respective biographical pages: Henry Batchelor (page 113), Edward Hinkle (page 267), Charles Kinsolving (page 301), William Wellman (movie director, page 483), and Herman Whitmore (page 487). Slipcase and dust jackets intact.

Dr. Gros was an American doctor in Paris who was instrumental in organizing the Lafayette Escadrille. Young men from neutral America during World War I were recruited to come to France and fly in the Escadrille in combat against the Germans. When America entered the war, the Lafayette Escadrille became the Lafayette Flying Corps. This is a cornerstone of any serious aviation collection. It is rare to find the books in such fine condition, and especially desirable with the signatures of Hall, Nordhoff, and Flying Corps members.

Interested bidders will be able to bid live in-person, by telephone, via absentee, and on the Internet as facilitated by iCollector. A print catalog will be available for purchase at blacksparrowauctions.com.
Items are as is. Please call us at (323) 250-3980 or email us at blacksparrow@haxbee.com for condition reports or any general inquiry.
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Official Program of 3rd International Aviation Meet at Dominguez Field 1912101 - Official Program of 3rd International Aviation Meet at Dominguez Field 1912
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Quarto (10 ¾ X 7 ¾ in., 273 X 198 mm). 48 pages (including covers). Pale orange stapled wraps. Illustrated throughout with automobile and ...
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ADAMSON, Hans Christian - Eddie Rickenbacker102 - ADAMSON, Hans Christian - Eddie Rickenbacker
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New York, The Macmillan Company, 1946. First Edition, first printing. Octavo (8 5/8 X 5 7/8 in., 221 X 149 mm). 309 pages. Red cloth, spine lettered i
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ARNOLD, H. H. and Col. Ira C. Eaker - Army Flyer103 - ARNOLD, H. H. and Col. Ira C. Eaker - Army Flyer
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Harper & Brothers Publishers, (1942). First Edition. Octavo (8 3/8 X 5 5/8 in., 213 X 150 mm). 299 pages. Black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. V...
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ARNOLD, H. H. - Global Mission104 - ARNOLD, H. H. - Global Mission
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Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, (1949). First Edition. Octavo (8 3/8 X 6 in., 215 X 150 mm). 626 pages. Black cloth, spine lettered in ...
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ARNOLD, H. H. and Col. Ira C. Eaker - Winged Warfare105 - ARNOLD, H. H. and Col. Ira C. Eaker - Winged Warfare
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Harper & Brothers Publishers, (1941). First Edition. Octavo (8 7/8 X 6 1/8 in., 226 X 155 mm). 265 pages. Blue cloth, spine and front board lett...
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BADER, Douglas - Flight for the Sky: The story of the Spitfire and Hurricane106 - BADER, Douglas - Flight for the Sky: The story of the Spitfire and Hurricane
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Doubleday & Company, Inc., (1973). First American Edition. Quarto (9 7/8 X 7 ½ in., 252 X 190 mm). 192 pages. Blue cloth, spine lettered in...
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BALCHEN, Bernt - Come North with Me: An Autobiography107 - BALCHEN, Bernt - Come North with Me: An Autobiography
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Hodder and Stoughton, (1959). First British Edition. Octavo (8 ¾ X 5 ¾ in., 222 X 147 mm). 318 pages. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. ...
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BALCHEN, Bernt - Come North with Me: An Autobiography108 - BALCHEN, Bernt - Come North with Me: An Autobiography
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E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1958. First Edition. Octavo (8 ½ X 5 ¾ in., 213 X 147 mm). 318 pages. Pale blue cloth, spine lette...
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BALCHEN, Bernt - The Next Fifty Years of Flight109 - BALCHEN, Bernt - The Next Fifty Years of Flight
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As visualized by Bernt Balchen and told to Erik Bergaust. Foreword by Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle. Harper & Brothers, New York, (1954). Octavo (...
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BALCHEN, Bernt, Major Corey Ford, Major Oliver Lafarge - War Below Zero: The Battle for Greenland110 - BALCHEN, Bernt, Major Corey Ford, Major Oliver Lafarge - War Below Zero: The Battle for Greenland
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Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1944. Illustrated with photographs. Octavo (7 ¾ X 5 ¼ in., 198 X 134 mm). 127 pages. Bright blue cloth, ...
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