Meeker, William.


Privately Printed, Limited Edition of 150 Copies Only. 1st ed., 1917. Vi + 257 pp., on Nettunia water-marked paper with monochrome tissue guarded portrait frontispiece + 5 other plates. Original quarter russet brown cloth , paper covered boards ; paper label to the spine ; 2 edges uncut. Some scuffing to boards, mainly to lower rear corner section o/w V.G.+. Presentation Copy Inscribed by Henry Meeker's Parents, Dated 1925 ; Also a Letter on paper with printed address "Dormy House, Sasco Hill, Fairfield, Conn", "Dear Mrs. Havard, Thank you so much for letting me see this book. How sad it is to think of him being killed so soon after going over and before he really saw any fighting. I remember Esther always liked Billy Meeker very much. It was nice having you and your sister yesterday. Affectionately -------" ; Also, a Handwritten note on title page "From "Mrs. Fred Courtney Jr. 1953. Found in Havard house on Old Post Rd, Fairfield when house was empty." Born in New York City in 1894, William Henry Meeker went on to become a student at Harvard University. He spent a summer at Thomas-Morse Aeroplane Company's School where he gained 300 minutes flying experience. " I also got some experience with engines, wings, fuselages, etc., by working in the factory for a while and helping to repair damaged machines." The author wrote for newspapers and magazines for several years and travelled considerably around the United Sates. He gained military experience for a year with the Harvard Regiment as a private, corporal, and sergeant and about three months as corporal, lieutenant and captain in the Harvard Reserve Officers Training Corps. Sailing to France, the author then received additional training at the French School of Avord. He reached Pau for training at the French School for Aviation Acrobacy on September 10th, 1917, but was tragically killed on his trial flight at Pau, on the following day. This Privately Printed, Limited Edition book of 150 Copies Only, is printed on high-quality Nettunia water-marked paper and is an autobiography of sorts told through notes and letters from the author. This particular copy is of special interest for being a Presentation Copy Inscribed by the Author's Parents. A signed typed letter and a hand-written note to the half title page also add to the interesting provenance. Not on COPAC ' EXTREMELY SCARCE.

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