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KALEP, Elvy.

Air Babies.

Published: Denver: Bradford-Robinson, 1936

Stock code: 109647

Price: £575

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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, flamboyantly inscribed next to her portrait: “To Skippy with the kindest of wishes and many happy landings! Elvy Kalep [the signature a little faint, so re-inscribed:] from Elvy Kalep”. Copies of this first edition are very uncommon, copies signed and in the original dust jacket are rare. The Estonian-born aviator Elvy Kalep (1899-1989) was a pioneer among women pilots, a good friend of Amelia Earhart (who supplied the Foreword) and a founder of the women’s aviation group the Ninety-Nines. This is her only children’s book.

Oblong octavo. Original white paper spine, blue boards, front cover lettered in red. With the dust jacket. Colour illustrations throughout, monochrome portraits of Elvy Kalep and Amelia Earhart. Jacket lightly toned and a little foxed, closed-tear across back panel, nicks and chips, a few slight abrasions to edges of binding. A remarkably good copy.

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