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Lot 86: Autograph Letter Signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Aviatrix and Author
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
October 26, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Autograph Letter Signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Aviatrix and Author********** LINDBERGH, ANNE MORROW. (1906-2001). American writer and aviatrix; wife of Charles Lindbergh. ALS. (“Anne M. Lindbergh”). 1½ pp. 8vo. Vaud, August 14, 1983. On her “Planorbe” stationery to RICHARD REILLY (?-?), curator of the James S. Copley Library. ********** “I am very sorry that your July letter arrived in Darien after my departure and had to be forwarded to me in Switzerland. It was much delayed in reaching me, due to travels away from my base here. Let me answer, even though at this late date, that I have no objection to your reprinting my letter to Mrs. Copley of May 31, 1983 in the book you are writing (and any subsequent editions) on The James S. Copley Library. I understand that this request is for the nonexclusive use of my letter (In case, sometime in the future there should be a publication of my letters). I appreciate your notifying me of your use of the conventional scholarly form of acknowledgement of quotation, which is entirely satisfactory to me. I enjoyed reading the pages you had already written of Chapter 13 which you enclosed. It should be a most interesting book, from the sample you sent me, and I send my best wishes for its successful conclusion. Thank you, also, for your consideration in sending me a duplicate copy of your letter to save me time in answering. Unfortunately, the extra page was not forwarded to me, hence this hand written letter, which I hope is satisfactory. I have no secretary – or typewriter – on this Swiss mountainside. Very sincerely yours…”********** Accompanied by a copy of Helen Copley’s letter to which Lindbergh is replying, dated May 24, 1983: ********** “It was a tremendous pleasure for me to sit with you and members of your family Saturday evening at the Charles A. Lindbergh Awards dinner at Hotel del Coronado. I had a brief opportunity to tell Reeve about the James S. Copley Library, which houses a collection of Americana, and is located in La Jolla, California, in the same block as our Copley Newspapers headquarters. It occurred to me you might be interested in seeing copies of letters written by your husband and other related material which we have in the collection. Richard Reilly, Curator of the library, has prepared the enclosed copies, and I am also sending you Mr. Reilly’s sensitive letter regarding the material, also a brochure on the library. I hope to see you again – perhaps when you come to San Diego to visit the Jovanoviches…”********** After his record-setting non-stop solo flight between New York and Paris in 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974), following his triumphal return home to New York and a 48-state tour of the country, travelled to Mexico. There he met and courted Anne, the daughter of American ambassador Dwight Morrow, whom he married on May 27, 1929. Anne served as his navigator and co pilot on many flights. She authored the critically acclaimed North to the Orient which recounts the couple’s perilous Great Circle flight, Listen, the Wind! chronicling their Atlantic flight across Bermuda and the Azores, her best-selling Gift From the Sea, and five volumes of letters and diaries including the years 1922 through 1944. Anne’s aviation experiences not only provided inspiration for her writing, but also won her the Hubbard Medal, awarded in 1934, for her work as a co pilot and radio operator accompanying Lindbergh on a 40,000 mile flight over five continents – the first woman to be so honored. After the 1932 kidnapping and murder of their first son, the Lindberghs avoided the public eye, maintaining residences in Connecticut, on the Hawaiian island of Maui and a Swiss chalet on Lake Geneva, whence she penned our letter. ********** After the 1973 death of her husband James S. Copley (1916-1973), Helen K. Copley (1922-2004) established the James S. Copley Library at the University of San Diego to honor the memory of the journalist, newspaper publisher and book and manuscript collector. Richard Reilly, himself a collector, left his career in advertising to become the library’s curator. In 1983, he published In A Promise Kept: The Story of the James S. Copley Library, “a very personal account of the building of the collections, liberally illustrated with high quality reproductions of some of the art works and with extensive quotations from the books and manuscripts,” (“A Promise Kept,” San Diego History Center, sandiegohistory.org, Starr). ********** On September 21, 1927, Lindbergh was honored with a dinner at the Hotel Del Coronado. San Diego had a special interest in the aviator’s feat as The Spirit of Saint Louis was built there under Lindbergh’s supervision. Beginning in 1978, the Lindbergh Foundation has awarded the Charles A. Lindbergh Awards; in 1983, the recipient of the award was Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Copley’s letter also mentions “the Jovanoviches,” undoubtedly a reference to publisher William Jovanovich who penned an introduction to Lindbergh’s The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh. ********** Accompanied by the original envelope. Folded and in very fine condition.