London: John Long, 1929.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good in a good dust jacket. 223 pp, with illustrations from photographs. Publisher's dark red cloth with bright gilt titles on spine. Foxing to fore edge of text block, extending occasionally into the page margins; otherwise clean and sound. In the scarce original dust jacket, which is foxed and lightly soiled and has some loss to the head of the spine and top edge and corners. As described on the dust jacket "this is the story of women in aviation and the detailed first-hand account of Lady Heath's lone flight from the Cape to Croydon....Stella Wolfe Murray...has herself been fortunate in having flown over every continent of the world except Australia, and thus writes as a passenger, and one with a burning belief in women's potential gift toward civil aviation." Lady Mary Heath was the first British woman to hold a commercial pilot's license, as well as the first to parachute from a plane. Dubbed "Britain's Lady Lindy," by the American press, she made front-page news in 1928, when she flew an open-cockpit airplane from Cape Town, South Africa, to London—the story of which is recounted here.