The Fun of It, Random Records of My Own Flying and Women in Aviation
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. First printing. 8vo, pp x, 218, with frontispiece portrait and 16 plates from photographs (printed on both sides), small 78 rpm recording of Earhart's international broadcast from London, May 22, 1932, in rear pocket (seal opened). Original brown cloth with white lettering; no dust jacket. A very nice copy with just slight wear to corners and spine ends, a few small spots of spoiling on rear board. Binding sound, text clean. This was Earhart's second book and her first of a biographical nature. It recounts her childhood in Kansas, how her love of aviation emerged her first time in the air in 1920 (“As soon as we left the ground, I knew I myself had to fly"), her flying lessons and licensing, exhibition flying, the invitation to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, the preparation and publicity for the flight, and finally the flight itself. According to the jacket copy, this book was "already on the press" when she took off on that pioneering flight, but her publishers "held up the completion of the book until they were able to include a chapter, cabled and telephoned by the author" describing the flight in her own words.