American aviation pioneer.
Manuscript Signed, one page, quarto, May 27, 1927. Six days after his historic non-stop flight across the Atlantic, Lucky Lindy signs a poem written in his honor, in French, by poet Anna de Noailles. This morning, seeing a bird flying in the sky,/ I said to myself, ‘how clumsy he is!’/ I thought of you, glorious boy, Charles Lindbergh/ Lord of thinking birds, genius on the wing. A fine example.
In The Spirit of Saint Louis, Charles Lindbergh describes how, when he finally gets to Paris, at about ten o’clock at night, he begins to look for Le Bourget airport, which isn’t on his map. He has circled a spot where it ought to be and he heads in that direction, peering out his window, and trying to signal down below with a flashlight. He barely makes out floodlights, and the outline of the hangars. He brings the Spirit of Saint Louis in for a landing and what happens next is best described by him in the last line of his book: I start to taxi back toward the floodlights and hangars But the entire field ahead is covered with running figures!
Charles Lindbergh was an international hero. He was lionized everywhere. The U.S. Ambassador had to call in a tailor to have some clothes made for him as he had traveled light. The French were great aeronautical enthusiasts; they had spent La Belle Epoque ballooning around Paris. While they fully expected to be the first to fly solo across the Atlantic, they were more than generous in their reception of Lindbergh. This poem by Anna de Noailles, a celebrated literary figure of the time, captures the spirit in which the shy but determined aviator was celebrated in the French capital in the days which followed his historic flight.
Matted in brown and cream in a gold gilt frame with a black and white photo of Charles Lindbergh standing in front of the Spirit of St. Louis. Framed dimensions measure 23 1/2 inches wide by 18 inches high.
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