Friday, July 12, 2019

A Librarian's Atta-Girl Book

Most authors keep copies of their published books.  Mary Wescott (1889-1955), a librarian at Duke University, was no different. What was different was that her book was composed of six parts,  each of which was published separately in wraps.  The first two parts were published in 1932, the third in 1933, the fourth in 1936, and the fifth and sixth in 1937.  There were 1145 pages running consecutively in all.  When the book was finally completed, her six parts were bound in two volumes. And Mary Wescott signed her name on the front free endpapers of both volumes.

The first volume served as Mary Wescott's Atta-Girl Book.   Inserted in the front of the book were thank-you letters from other librarians across the country––and even one from a librarian in England!   These librarians thanked her  and her co-compiler, Allene Ramage, for sending copies of the checklist to their libraries.  Moreover, the letters included praise for their bibliographical contributions.

Duke University Library had one of the largest newspaper collections in the South.  And the book Mary Wescott and Allene Ramage compiled was Bibliographical Contributions of the Duke University Libraries:  A Checklist of United States Newspapers (And Weeklies Before 1900) in the General Library.
Part I:    Alabama––Georgia
Part II:   Idaho––Massachusetts
Part III:  Michigan––New York
Part IV:  North Carolina
Part V:    North Dakota––Vermont
Part VI:  Virginia––Wyoming

Mary Wescott enticed William K. Boyd (1879-1938), the Library Director of Duke University Libraries, to write the Introduction to the book (Boyd was a noted historian of the South, particularly of the history of North Carolina).

Mary Wescott sent Boyd the first section of the checklist to review.  She also sent him a poem that best described their work in compiling the checklist.

Then she sent Boyd a second letter (the real letter) asking him to write the Introduction:

In pencil in the margin, Mary Wescott wrote, "We did not make notes for the foreign papers as there were so few of them we could find things for."   Allene Ramage would later compile A Checklist of Foreign Newspapers in the Duke University Library, which was published separately in 1949.

As promised in her letter to Boyd,  Mary Wescott provided him with acknowledgements for the work completed on compiling the checklists.  I suspect she was primarily responsible for the wording of the acknowledgements in the second paragraph of Boyd's Introduction:
The collation and classification has been entirely in the charge of Miss Allene Ramage; but, for the general plan of the Checklist, particularly in matters of arrangement, credit must be extended to Miss Mary Wescott.  Miss Eva E. Malone, head Cataloguer of the General Library, has given assistance at critical points in the venture.  Misses George Lee Garner and Ruth Ketring, assistants to Miss Ramage, displayed meticulous care and accuracy in carrying out details relating to collation and revision.
As a sidenote, Miss George Lee Garner would later become George Lee Garner Harvill, the founder of International Friends, and  the wife of the President of the University of Arizona, Richard A. Harvill.  Ruth Ketring would later become Ruth Ketring Nuermberger,  the author of The Clays of Alabama: A Planter-Lawyer-Politician Family.  Allene Ramage would later become Allene Ramage Fitzgerald, and was acknowledged under that name by Ruth Ketring Nuermberger in the Preface of The Clays of Alabama for assisting the author.

There were seven letters from other librarians that Mary Wescott kept in the front of her Atta-Girl Book.  The first letter was from Clarence S. Brigham (1877-1963), librarian and director of the American Antiquarian Society.

 Brigham's Bibliography of American Newspapers 1690-1820  in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 1913-25 proved useful to the Duke University compilers in researching newspapers published before 1820.  Brigham's work was later published as a separate work in 1947 (Brigham's note on the bottom refers to the death of William K. Boyd on Jan. 19, 1938).

If praise from Clarence S. Brigham wasn't enough, the next letter was from the scholar, editor, collector, and librarian, Esmond Samuel de Beer (1895-1990).

De Beer is best remembered for his Clarendon Press editions of The Diary of John Evelyn and The Correspondence of John Locke.

The Trinity College librarian, Arthur Adams (1881-1960) was noted for his genealogy work in the research of his Adams ancestors.  He should also be noted for stretching his last name as far across the page as possible.

Robert M. Kennedy (1866-1948) helped form the South Carolina Library Association in 1915, and was instrumental in the formation of public libraries at the local level.

Edna Ruth Hanley (1900-1972) is the author of College and University Library Buildings, an annotated bibliography of libraries built from 1917 to 1938.

George A. Osborn (1874-1947) was the librarian at Rutgers University for forty years.  His article, "The Use of the Library," was published in Vol 1 No. 1 of The Journal of Rutgers University Libraries.

Dorothy Hale Litchfield (1902-2001) was the editor of Classified List of 4800 Serials Currently Received in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania and of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges.

Mary Wescott, whose 1914 portrait is above, graduated from Duke University in 1914, and then worked as a teacher and librarian at Carolina College.   She began working at Duke University Library in 1920, and retired in 1954.  She died in her sleep of suspected coronary occlusion on July 6, 1955.

Mary Wescott's obituary notice appeared in the October 1955 issue of College and Research Libraries.

Mary Wescott's  Atta-Girl Book made its way to a bookseller in Pensacola, and then recently to me.

Monday, June 24, 2019

J. H. Slater's Books About Books

Books About Books was one of the first genres of books I collected when I started collecting books almost 35 years ago (I now have over 1200 Books About Books).  I was serving my last overseas tour before retiring from the U. S. Air Force in 1989.  RAF Mildenhall was where I was stationed.  And believe me, England was the best place ever to begin collecting books!  After I returned to the States, I catalogued my Books About Books and some of my books about essays in  A Book Lover's Journal.

In the back of the journal, I listed the names of the authors of 114 books in my library.  Half of the authors were British, which makes sense, because I bought about half of the books while I was stationed in England.

 J. H. Slater (1854-1921) was one of the British authors whose books I read to learn about books collecting.  He was a lawyer by trade, but made a name for himself in the book trade.  He was the former editor of Book-Lore: A Magazine Devoted to Old Time Literature.  And he was the first editor of Book-Prices Current: A Record of the Prices at Which Books Have Been Sold at Auction....  

To begin with, I had five of his Books about Books:

Round and About the Bookstalls:  A Guide for the Book-Hunter, London: L. Upcott Gill, 1891.

The Library Manual: A Guide to the Formation of a Library and the Valuation of Books, London: L. Upcott Gill, 1892, Third and Enlarged Edition.

Book Collecting: A Guide for Amateurs, London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1892.

The Romance of Book-Collecting, London: Elliot Stock, 1898.

How To Collect Books, London: George Bell and Sons, 1905

Although Slater's Books About Books were written to help book collectors of an earlier era, the knowledge they contained was still beneficial to me when I went book hunting in England almost one hundred years later.  And I would recommend them to newbie collectors today.

Here is my journal listing for Round and About the Bookstalls:

There's one error in my journal listing: I paid £19 for the book, and not $19.  Round And About the Bookstalls is listed on page 114 of Leo Hart's Bibliotheca Typographica: A List of Books About Books.  But the comment is not Hart's; it's mine.  Winslow Webber, in his Books About Books: A Bio-Bibliography for Collectors, lists three of Slater's books, but not Round and About the Bookstalls.

A former owner from the 20th century had this thing about Slater's use of the phrase, "the present century."  He crossed out the word present four times and inserted "19th" in its place:

When the publisher identified the 1892 edition of The Library Manual as "the Third and Enlarged Edition," he wasn't kidding.  The first edition only contained 120 pages.  The third edition contained 424 pages!

The values of the books in the second section were outdated; but I didn't care.  This book provided me with a list of the collectible books in each genre and by author.

Book Collecting: A Guide for Amateurs

Don't let the sub-title fool you.  This book contains knowledge even the professionals find useful.  My copy was formerly owned by the Denver book dealer and collector Donald Beaty Bloch, No. 329 of 500 copies printed of the large paper edition.

Besides providing information on manuscripts, ancient libraries, early book hunters, and bibliographical aids, this book has separate chapters on the Aldine Press, the Elzevir Press, and early English presses.  It even has a chapter on books to buy!

This book, however, is part of the reason for the poor reputation of Lowndes' Bibliographer's Manual as a reliable reference work: that it was imperfect and full of errors.  But it is not the fault of Slater, but rather the fault of later authors who didn't bother to read Slater's entire paragraph before quoting from it.   Slater identifies the faults of the Lowndes book as well as its good attributes, but in a rather long-winded manner.  And later authors never quoted the good attributes of Lowndes:

Here is the paragraph on Lowndes' Bibliographer's Manual in its entirety:
Every bibliographer, and also every collector of any eminence, has within reach certain books of reference which experience has shown to be absolutely necessary.  Chief among these is Lowndes' Bibliographer's Manual of which two editions have been issued.  The first was published in 1834; the second in seven parts from 1857-61, with an appendix volume in 1864, having been re-issued from the stereotype plates without a date in 1871. The latter may frequently be picked up at auction sale for about 25s., but there is this peculiarity about the work, that it really would not seem to be very material which edition is purchased.  The book is imperfect and full of errors: it cannot be relied on, and the second edition, which was edited by the late Mr. H. G. Bohn, the eminent bookseller, is as untrustworthy as the first.  The original plan, which has never been departed from, was to give the names of English authors in alphabetical order, placing under each the title of the works he wrote, with the date of each edition, number of volumes, in many cases the collation, and finally the sums realised at auction.  Nothing fluctuates so greatly as auction values, and it is not surprising, therefore, to find that not a single entry in Lowndes under this head can be accepted at the present day.  Some of the variations between past and present prices are ludicrous in the extreme, and there is no doubt that anyone who attempted to obtain his knowledge of the value of books from Lowndes' Manual would find himself in possession of a mass of old-time information which would be rather a hindrance to him than otherwise.  The Manual is useful because it gives a full and tolerably complete list of English authors, and collates many of their works with considerable care; it is, moreover, the authority quoted by catalogers, and, being a copyright publication, practically bars thew way to any rival work on the same subject.  for these and other reasons it is indispensable.

This book is for the beginning book collector as well, and covers practically every imaginable subject pertaining to book collecting.  Slater recommends Lowndes' Bibliographer's Manual in this book as well, but is less verbose. "...mention must, of course, be made of Lowndes' "Bibliographer's Manual," useful in every way, except for the quoted prices, which have long been obsolete."

I would regard the four Slater books listed above as instructional books.  This next book, The Romance of Book-Collecting, is more anecdotal than instructional, although there are some lessons to be learned from reading the book.

In a chapter about old hunting grounds in London, Slater mentions Grays's Inn Lane, and the premises of Thomas Osborne, where Johnson clobbered Osborne with a folio.  But Slater adds a new twist to the story.  I have always read that Osborne was belittling Johnson, and Johnson finally had enough, and hit him with a folio.  But on page 80 of The Romance of Book-Collecting, Slater writes that Johnson wanted to buy a huge folio, but Osborne refused to sell it at any price, so Johnson hit him with it.  The folio in question was the 1594 edition of Biblia Græca Septuaginta, the same book identified in other versions of the tale.

I have added three more of Slater's books to my library in the last 20 years, one of them in just the last month:  Early Editions: A Bibliographical Survey of the Works of Some Popular Authors, first published in 1894.  And that was because of the Wise forgeries.  Only recently did I read that forty years before Carter and Pollard exposed Thomas J. Wise's forgeries in 1934, that in Early Editions, J. H. Slater had called Wise out about his forgeries.  So I had to have a copy of Early Editions.  None of the reasonably priced copies currently available from stateside booksellers was in good condition, so I acquired a reprint published by Forgotten Books in 2012.

In Early Editions, under the listings of George Elliot's works,  Slater wrote about Brothers and Sisters, Sonnets, which was reportedly printed in 1869 for private circulation only:
This work is supposed to be a fictitious and ante-dated edition reprinted from the "Legend of Jubal and Other Poems," 1874, in which the Sonnets perhaps really first appeared....
For Swinburne's Siena, Slater writes:
A good copy would sell by auction for about £10 or £12, and it is worthy of note that the market value of genuine copies of the work has at least doubled within the last three or four years.
A pirated reprint is occasionally met with, and, having been very carefully executed, is almost impossible to detect it from the original.  It is in every respect but one a masterly production, the only apparent defect being in the description of the paper, which it was probably found impossible to match exactly.  There is no doubt that many forged copies are on the market.
This next book, Book Plates and Their Values, published in 1898, is one of the reference books in my library.

I don't even bother to look at the values of the bookplates listed in this book since they are outdated.  And I don't collect individual bookplates either.  But the information about the bookplates and their owners has aided me in my provenance research of books.

This next book,  Engravings and their Values, is the thickest Slater book in my library.  But I don't collect engravings or prints.  In fact, the only reason it is in my library is because, at one time, I may have had fleeting thoughts of becoming a completist, and collecting all of Slater's works.

A completist I am not.  But a Books About Books Collector I am!


One more book by Slater that arrived in the afternoon mail today:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Sentimental Airman's Second Aviation Collection

51st Avionics Maintenance Squadron Photo Album, Osan Air Base, Korea: privately printed, 1974.

Say hello to the Sentimental Airman, SSgt Gerard T. Morris!  Here he is way back in 1974 when he was stationed at Osan Air Base, Korea with the 51st AMS Squadron.  While there, he kept the navigation systems of the F4 Phantom, the O-2 Skymaster, and the OV-10 Bronco operational and the aircraft flying.  Working the night shift, the Sentimental Airman learned the real reason why they call Korea "the land of the morning calm."  Because the Korean nights are bitterly cold and windy!

When I arrived at Osan Air Base in 1974, the airmen in my shop were still talking about what happened during the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War.  North Korea figured the United States would be too busy assisting Israel to fight wars on two fronts, so they started moving their troops and tanks to the DMZ. The U. S. Air Force armed its F-4 fighter aircraft with some "very heavy weapons." It placed the planes on the end of the runway with the engines running. The U.S. Army positioned missile launchers in plain sight throughout the base. All the missiles pointed toward the North. All non-essential personnel were evacuated to Hill 180. They spent a few scary days and nights there, waiting for the ground to shake and the sky to light up. Back home, the American public was unaware of how close the United States had come to war with North Korea.

From 2002 to 2004 the Sentimental Airman helped to create my First Sentimental Airman Collection.    I sold this collection en bloc in 2006 to keep me afloat financially while waiting for my disability retirement from the U. S. Postal Service to be approved (bad heart).  And in the last few years, the Sentimental Airman has helped create my second Sentimental Airman Collection.  My emphasis in my first Sentimental Airman Collection was more on the provenance or prior ownership of the books rather than on their contents.  But my second Sentimental Airman Collection is all about airmen and the history of aviation.  I have not, however, ignored a book's notable provenance.

Vehicles of the Air: A Popular Exposition of Modern Aeronautics With Working Drawings by Victor Lougheed, Chicago: Reilly and Britton Co. 1909.

Three Reviews from The Book Review Digest, Vol 6

The Air Man:  His Conquests in Peace and War by Francis A. Collins, New York: Century Co. 1917.
This book was first published in July, 1917.  Its author, Francis A. Collins (1873-1957), was a prolific writer producing 38 books from mountain climbing to multiple editions of The Boys' Book of Model Aeroplanes.  The Air Man provides an in-depth look at the aviator both in peacetime and wartime settings.

Unlocking the Gateway to Flight:  The Keys to the Success of the Wright Brothers by Dale H. Whitford, Dayton: Winkler Company 2004.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Two excellent books about the Wright Brothers.  Whitford is the more knowledgeable author about the Wright Brothers.  McCullough is the better writer.

Fighting the Flying Circus by Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker, New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1919.
I have two copies of this book, one of which is signed by Eddie Rickenbacker.  The binding, however, is in poor condition, and I planned on swapping bindings.  The signed copy was from the library of Derek Mason.  He was an RAF bomber pilot during WWII, flew for British Airways and Singapore Airlines after the war, and then worked at the United Nations. 

 I had to put my plans to swap bindings on hold, however, when I discovered that the second copy was formerly owned by another aviation enthusiast, Henry R. Palmer Jr. Palmer was the author of at least three aviation books:
This was Air Travel: A Pictorial History of Aeronauts and Aeroplanes From the Beginning to Now by Henry R. Palmer Jr., Seattle: Superior Publishing Company, 1960.
The Seaplanes (Famous Aircraft Series) by Henry R. Palmer Jr., Dallas: Morgan Aviation Books, 1965.
Remarkable Flying Machines : A Pictorial Account of Certain Extraordinary Aircraft That Have Been Built and Flown Since 1783 by Henry R. Palmer Jr., Seattle: Superior Publishing Company, 1972.
 So instead of swapping bindings, I kept Palmer's copy of Fighting the Flying Circus intact and added it to my Second Sentimental Airman Collection.

I had acquired Palmer's copy of Rickenbacker's book from Gus McLeavy of Aardbooks2 in New Hampshire.  And Gus sent me a 1965 Doubleday edition of Fighting the Flying Circus as well.  Thanks Gus!

This next book gives an insight into the human side of Eddie Rickenbacker.

From Father to Son:  The Letters of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker to his Son William, From Boyhood to Manhood by William Rickenbacker, New York: Walker and Company, 1970.

I wrote about the next book in my January 2019 post, A Book That Flew Undetected Under the RADAR.

Vistas Iberoamericanas or, Latin American Sights by William F. Rickenbacker, New York: Privately Printed, 1949.

  It is about Eddie Rickenbacker's tour of South America to drum up business for Eastern Airlines.  Eddie Rickenbacker signed the Introductory page.  And William Rickenbacker inscribed this copy of the book to Leslie P. Arnold.  

Who was Leslie P. Arnold?  He was one the airmen who completed the first world flight in 1924.

The First World Flight: Being the Personal Narratives of Lowell Smith, Leslie Arnold, Erik Nelson, Henry Ogden, Leigh Wade, and John Harding by Lowell Thomas, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1925.

We by Charles A. Lindbergh, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.
Lindbergh's life story, his transatlantic flight, and his views on the future of aviation.

Lindbergh The Lone Eagle:  His Life and Achievements by George Buchanan Fife, New York: A. L. Burt, 1928 (reprint).

Bring Me a Unicorn: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1922-1928, New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1972 (book club edition).
Anne Morrow Lindbergh learned to fly and accompanied her husband on numerous trips.

The Three Musketeers:  Their Conquest of the Atlantic From East to West by Captain Hermann Koehl, Major James C. Fitzmaurice, and Baron Guenther Von Huenefeld, New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1928.
The three aviators' accounts of the First East to West Transoceanic Flight.

The next book is No. 7 in the St. James Library Series.  The author traces the chain of aerial progress from Leonardo da Vinci's plan for a flapping-wing machine to advancements in aeronautics in the late 1920s.

Flying: An Epitome and a Forecast by Claude Grahame-White, London: Chatto Windus, 1930.
 This book was from the library of Derek Mason as well.  Michael Slicker, proprietor of Lighthouse Books in St. Petersburg, purchased Mason's Aviation Collection.  And, so far, I have bought at least five of Mason's books from Mike.

This copy of the book has a provenance history that was fun researching.  The book was presented to J. W. D. Margetson as the Upper Forum Prize at Kingwell Court for Christmas 1940.   J. W. D. Margetson was one of the students at Kingwell Court Preparatory School, a British boarding school for boys located near Bradford-on-Avon.  J. W. D. Margetson later had a successful career in the Diplomatic Service, most notably as the British Ambassador to the Hague.   In 1984 however, Margetson was Vice President of the Trusteeship Council at the United Nations.   While at the United Nations, I believe Margetson made Derek Mason's acquaintance––if he did not know him already.  And when Margetson learned that Mason was an aviation enthusiast, I believe he gave Mason the copy of Flying that he won as the Upper Forum Prize in boarding school way back in 1940.

Transport Aviation by Archibald Black, New York: Simmons-Boardman, 1926.
I would be remiss if I didn't have at least one book on transport aviation in My Second Sentimental Airman Collection.  I worked on numerous military transport aircraft throughout my twenty-three-year career in the Air Force:  C-5 Galaxy, C-47 Skytrain, C-54 Skymaster, C-118 Liftmaster, C-119 Flying Boxcar, C-124 Globe Master, C-130 Hercules, C-131 Samaritan, C-141 Starlifter, DC-9 (Air Evacs), KC-10 Extender (tanker), and the  KC-135 Stratotanker.

Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic; the Flight to the South Pole by Richard Evelyn Byrd, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930.
Admiral Byrd's expedition to the South Pole.  On a personal note, I regret that I once passed up an opportunity to go to the South Pole.  While I was stationed at Hickam AB, Hawaii from 1977 to 1982, I went to Christchurch, New Zealand several times to repair C-141 cargo aircraft.  On one occasion, the aircraft that brought me to Christchurch was continuing on its mission to the South Pole.  And I was invited to fly along to the South Pole and then back to Christchurch, roughly eight hours each way. I would have received a certificate stating that I visited the South Pole on such and such a date.  But I decided not to take the trip :-(

Oceans, Poles and Airmen:  The First Flights Over Wide Waters and Desolate Ice by Richard Montague, New York: Random House, 1971.
I acquired my first copy of this book from Gus McLeavy of Aardbooks2.  Along with the book was a T. L. S. from the author to a friend he had known for fifty years.  I acquired a second copy of the book when a bought a batch of nine Aviation books on a Facebook Ephemera page.

The World in the Air:  The Story of Flying in Pictures by Francis Trevelyn Miller, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930.

I have Vol Two only and it covers from 1861 to 1930.  It has at least one picture on almost every page.  I'll have to get the first volume as well.

Here are three more books from the library of the aviation collector Derek Mason.  His collection was rich in books about the RAF and British air operations in general.

A Royal Air Force 75 by J. M. Bruce, London: Published by the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum, 1968.

The War in the Air:  The Royal Air Force in World War II by Gavin Lyall, New York: William Morrow, 1969.

Fleet Air Arm: Prepared for the Admiralty by the Ministry of Information, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1943.

Derek Mason signed and dated his bookplate in this book "October 1943." 

                                              Derek Mason, RAF Bomber Pilot 1922-2012

I found an obituary of Derek Mason online.  The picture above is from a tribute movie in the obituary that is well worth viewing.

Airwar: An Illustrated History of Air Power in the Second World War by Edward Jablonski, Garden City: Doubleday 1972, two vols. (book club edition).

Eagle Day:  The Battle of Britain by Richard Collier, New York: E. P. Dutton 1980, new edition (1966).

Air Commando Fighters of World War II by Edward Young, North Branch, Mn: Specialty Press, 2000.

An anecdote about how I got this book:  I traded a copy of The Legend of the Book by Gilbert Harry Doane for an inscribed copy of this book.  Doane's book contained a unique inscription on the front flyleaf: "Stolen from Frank M. Morris...."  I traded it to Morris's grandson who was the author of the aviation books.

Fighters Defending the Reich by Bryan Philpott, Northhamptonshire: Patrick Stephens Limited, 1988, 2nd ed.

Target Germany: The Army Air Force's Official Story of the VIII Bomber Command's First Year Over Europe by Army Air Force, New York; Simon and Schuster, 1943.

The Mustang Story by Ken Delve, London: Arms & Armour (Cassell imprint) 1999.

Military Machines; Combat Vehicles for Land, Sea & Air, New York: Parragon Books, 2015.

The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft: Over 650 Entries From 1914 to the Present Day by Robert Jackson, London: Parragon Books, 2006.

A Few Planes for China:  the Birth of the Flying Tigers by Eugenie Buchan, Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2017.

The Tuskeegee Airmen Story by Lynn M. Homan, Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 2002.

The Complete Book of Top Gun: America's Flying Aces  by Andy Lightbody, New York: Beekman Publishing, 1990.

U. S. Air Force:  A Complete History by Dik Daso, New York: Universe Publications, 2006.

Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U. S. Air Force 1947-1997 by Walter J. Boyne, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.

The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia: the Advisory Years to 1965 by Robert Frank Butrell and Martin Blumenson, Washington D. C. : Office of Air Force History, 1981.

10,000 Days of Thunder:  A History of the Vietnam War by Philip Caputo, New York: Atheneum Books, 2005.
I was never stationed in Vietnam but went TDY (temporary duty) to Camranh Bay several times from Clark Air Base, Philippines for 45 days at a time, first with C-118 aircraft (used as Air Evacs for wounded Korean soldiers) and then with C-130 cargo and troop transport aircraft.

The Fall of Saigon: Scenes From the Sudden End of a Long War by David Butler, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.

Black Eagle: General Daniel 'Chappie' James Jr. by James R. McGovern, [Tuscaloosa]: University of Alabama Press, 1987 (Third Printing).

Proud To Be: My Life, The Air Force, The Controversy by Kelly Flynn, New York: Random House, 1997.
The story of the first woman to pilot a B-52.  Her love affair with flying and the other love affair that caused her to resign her commission.

Mission to Mach 2: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir of Supersonic Flight by Robert Earl Haney with Lee Courtnage, Jefferson: McFarland, 2011.

Red Raider Diary by Merrill Thomas Dewan, Pittsburgh: Rose Dog Books, 2009.
A memoir of a B-26 navigator in the Southwest Pacific theatre during WWII.

Airman's Odyssey: A Trilogy Comprising Wind, Sand and Stars; Night Flight; and Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1942.

Born to Fly: The Untold Story of a Downed American Reconnaissance Plane by Shane Osborn with Malcolm McConnell, New York: Broadway Books, 2001.

The story of an EP-3A Navy pilot whose crew was captured by the Chinese after a mid-air collision with a Chinese fighter in 2001.  On a personal note, I was on vacation in Hawaii in April 2001 when Osborn's crew was released.  I was on the tarmac at Hickam Air Base, Hawaii along with hundreds of others and greeted the crew when they arrived back on American soil.

Wings of Man: The Legend of Captain Dick Merrill by Jack L. King, Glendale: Aviation Book Company, 1981.
Inscribed by the author and by Dick Merrill.

Lyrical Aviators: Traveling America's Airways in a Small Plane by Sandra McClinton, Yorktown: Whistling Swan Press, 2000.

Ladybirds: The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America by Henry M. Holden and Captain Lori Griffith, Freedom, N.J.: Black Hawk Publication Company, 1991.

The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller: A True Story of Murder, Adventure, Danger, romance, and Derring-Do by Carol Baxter, Melbourne, Aust: Scribe, 2019.
Here's my review of this book.

Whistled Like a Bird: the Untold Story of Dorothy Putnam, George Putnam and Amelia Earhart by Sally Putnam Chapman with Stephanie Mansfield, New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1997.

Dangerous Deeds or the Flight in the Dirigible by Captain Frank Cobb, Akron: Saalfield Publishing, 1927.

The Time of My Corporate Life by Joseph M. Barr, Belleair: privately printed, 1978.
Joseph M. Barr's autobiography of his life working for United Aircraft Corporation from 1932 to 1969.  There is a Russian aerospace company by the same name that is totally unrelated to the American company.  Chance Voight, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky were parts of the company Barr worked for.

 Legend and Legacy: The Story of Boeing and its People by Robert J. Serling,  New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.
A history of the first 75 years of Boeing.  In his prologue, the author invokes images of Boeing of mighty jetliners, of great bombers defending the nation, and "of an American corporation whose name has become synonymous with technical excellence and integrity." I'm afraid that the same can't be said for Boeing's recent history.  Its fiasco with the MCAS anti-stalling system on the 737 Max is more than a software problem.   And reports of shoddy production and work oversight on its 787 Dreamliner have made the news recently.  And why is Boeing forging ahead with its plans to cut 900 of its 3000 inspector positions?  Because Boeing no longer lives by the words "technical excellence" and "integrity." 

The C-5A Scandal: An Inside Story of the Military-Industrial Complex by Berkeley Rice, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
An exposé of over one billion dollars in cost overruns after Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to build the C-5A aircraft.  

A History of Eastern Aircraft Division General Motors Corporation, Linden N.J. Eastern Aircraft Division, 1944.
An interesting history of a WWII effort on the civilian side: how several General Motors plants went from making automobiles to making Avenger Torpedo bombers and Wildcat fighters. Inserted in the book was a pamphlet commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Linden plant in 1962.  In its 25 years the Linden plant built 2,497,361 cars and 6,800 Wildcat fighter aircraft.

Aviation Metalsmith Handbook by Aviation Metalsmith School, Norman, Ok: Naval Air Technical Training Center, 1944
In the Air Force we called metalsmiths "sheetmetal workers."

Air Facts Reader by Leighton Collins, New York: Air Facts Press, 1974.
Articles from Air Facts magazine 1939-1941.

Great Mysteries of Aviation by Alexander McKee, New York: Stein and Day, 1982.

Pilot Bails Out by Don Blanding, New York: Dodd Mead, 1943.

Don Blanding served in both World Wars.  He wrote this book of poems while stationed in Hawaii during WWII.

A book of poems
    For all
        Whose hearts
            Follow our
                Winged youth
                      In valiant flight


The Hong Kong Airbase Murders by Van Wyck Mason, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1937.

LaGuardia Field: The World's Greatest Airport and the Planes That Use It, New York: Airport Publishing Company, 1940.
No copies of this pamphlet are listed on WorldCat.

Plane Cookin' by the Officers' Wives Club, Ardmore AFB, Oklahoma, Ardmore: Webb's Office Supply, c1955.
Ardmore AFB was a bomber base during and after WWII. It closed in 1959.

Here is a copy of the Scott Field newspaper the Broadcaster dated Wednesday Nov 21, 1945 above.  The headline announced that a P-59 jet fighter would perform aerial maneuvers during the Open House the following Sunday.  Near the top of the page was an announcement that President Truman nominated Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to become the Army Chief of Staff.

 Below is an information brochure about the radio school at Scott Air Force Base in 1951 when the Air Training Command was still located at Scott.

 I include these two publications about Scott AFB purely for sentimental reasons:  three of my four children were born at Scott AFB. I was stationed at Scott Air Force Base from 1970 when I returned from the Philippines to 1974 when I received orders to deploy to Korea.  When I was stationed there, the headquarters of the Military Airlift Command was located at Scott.  Our primary mission was to provide support for the DC-9 Air Evacs that transported patients around the United States.

I will close with a clipping from 1976 from another military newspaper, the Airtides from McGuire AFB, New Jersey.  At first glance, one might think I am receiving an award from the General.  Wrong!  I am presenting the General with an award for his support of the Wing Enlisted Advisory Council of which I was the President.