LINDBERGH, CHARLES. 1902-1974. 13 items:

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Lot 5
LINDBERGH, CHARLES. 1902-1974.
13 items:

Sold for US$ 7,575 inc. premium

The Air and Space Sale

17 Sep 2019, 13:00 EDT

New York

LINDBERGH, CHARLES. 1902-1974.
13 items:
1. 7 Autograph Letters Signed ("Charles A. Lindbergh"), 24 pages, quarto, various places (most in transit), June 10, 1968 to April 25, 1971, on blue onionskin stationery, some smudging of ink, pages lightly thumbed.
2. 4 Typed Letters Signed ("Charles A. Lindbergh"), 4 pages, quarto, Scott's Cove, December 7, 1966 to March 25, 1968, light soiling otherwise fine.
3. 2 Autograph Maps with Annotations, 2 pages, quarto, n.p., n.d., light creasing, otherwise fine.

LINDBERGH TO A LADY FRIEND: "WHAT [DO] YOU VISUALIZE WHEN YOU USE THE WORD 'GOD'...?"
On a transatlantic flight to Paris in 1966, Lindbergh struck up a romantic friendship with Pan-Am flight attendant Adrienne Arnett. Over the next 5 years, the two corresponded on a variety of issues, including religion and philosophy, as well as the day to day issues affecting the airline. Sounding more like a college professor than a daredevil pilot, Lindbergh suggests that his correspondent read Lao Tse, Spinoza, St. Exupery, and Carl Jung. He also pushes her to question her own system of beliefs. From January 10, 1968: "Now that you have been in China and the Far-East for some months, and should you feel like writing about it (for heaven's sake don't do so otherwise) I'd like to know what you visualize when you use the word 'God' in the following sentence in your letter: 'One day I got off a bus and saw about twenty despondent looking crippled people being wheeled in wheelchairs, and I just got furious that God could be so heartless...' Do you see a form when you speak of God? If we understood more about the abnormalities and sufferings of life, I wonder if we would be as revolted by them." In another letter dated May 8, 1969, Lindbergh asks his correspondent: "What are you searching for? What would you like to find? I'd be interested. Can you define what you would like to find, even approximately? I suspect that in the 'miracle of life' and all that lies before and beyond it, are qualities more wonderful and desirable than anything our imaginations can devise--that unhappiness and suffering is valid only through a narrow band of time scale--evil as it may sometimes seem to life." For more about Arnett's relationship with Lindbergh, see Susan Herzog's 2000 biography, Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life.

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