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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RASMUSSEN, Knud - Across Arctic America: Narrative of the Fifth Thule Expedition51 - RASMUSSEN, Knud - Across Arctic America: Narrative of the Fifth Thule Expedition
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G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1927. First Edition. With 64 illustrations and 4 maps. Quarto (9 ½ X 6 5/8 in., 241 X 168 mm). 388 pages. Dark b...
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Across Coveted Lands, or, A Journey from Flushing to Calcutta, Overland52 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Across Coveted Lands, or, A Journey from Flushing to Calcutta, Overland
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New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, (1903). First American Edition. Two volumes. With 175 illustrations, diagrams, plans and maps by the author. Octavo
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Across Unknown South America53 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Across Unknown South America
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Hodder and Stoughton, (1913). First Edition. Two volumes. With 2 maps, 8 color plates, and 260 illustrations from photographs by the author. Quarto (1
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Across Widest Africa: An Account of the Country54 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Across Widest Africa: An Account of the Country
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Across Widest Africa: An Account of the Country and People of Eastern, Central and Western Africa As Seen During a Twelve Months’ Journey from Djibout
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - China and the Allies55 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - China and the Allies
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New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1901. First American Edition. Two volumes. With illustrations and maps by the author. Octavo (8 7/8 X 6 ¼ in...
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Everywhere: The Memoirs of an Explorer56 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Everywhere: The Memoirs of an Explorer
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New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1924. First Edition. Two volumes. Quarto (9 5/8 X 6 3/8 in., 245 X 165 mm). 387, 437 pages. Dark blue cloth let
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - In the Forbidden Land: An Account of a Journey into Tibet57 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - In the Forbidden Land: An Account of a Journey into Tibet
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In the Forbidden Land: An Account of a Journey into Tibet, Capture by the Tibetan Lamas and Soldiers, Imprisonment, Torture and Ultimate Release broug
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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Tibet & Nepal58 - SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry - Tibet & Nepal
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A. & C. Black, London, 1905. First Edition. With 75 plates from paintings and drawings by the author, the majority of which are in color, with f...
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SCHLEY, Winfield S. - Report of Winfield S. Schley59 - SCHLEY, Winfield S. - Report of Winfield S. Schley
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Report of Winfield S. Schley, Commander, U. S. Navy, Commanding Greely Relief Expedition of 1884 Washington: Government Printing Office, 1887. Foli
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SCOTT, Capt. Robert F. - The Voyage of the Discovery60 - SCOTT, Capt. Robert F. - The Voyage of the Discovery
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New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905. First Edition Second printing. Two volumes. With 260 full-page and smaller illustrations by Dr. E. A. Wilson
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