Maggs Bros Ltd

Woman and Flying.

MURRAY Stella Wolfe.; HEATH Lady (1929.)

£250.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

Illustrations. First edition. 8vo., cloth. London, John Long Ltd.

Inscribed on the front free endpaper 'With Stella Wolfe Murray's Compliments'. Bookplate to the front pastedown of John Lloyd, printed with his address of Walton Street, Oxford, possibly the John Lloyd who was chief designer at Armstrong-Whitworth, but we can find no evidence he lived at the address on the bookplate.

Not exactly co-written, the two authors both contribute chapters.

Stella Wolfe Murray addressed herself to potential female aviators: “I do not advocate neglecting your parents: honour and succour them, especially in their old age, but don’t stay at home and do housework when you long, body and soul, to fly to the uttermost ends of the earth, there to find your mission in life and your gift to the world". Murray, an author and journalist with a passion for aviation, who also edited an anthology 'The Poetry of Flight', was the first female journalist to be allowed to sit in the press gallery in the British Parliament. Her co-contributor, Lady Mary Heath, could more than hold her own in an age of daring female pilots, being the first woman to parachute from an aeroplane (landing in the middle of a football match), flying in an open cockpit aeroplane from Cape Town to London, and was also an Olympic athlete.

Top board lightly spotted, endpapers glue stained, probably from tape attached to a now absent dust jacket, still a fine copy.

Stock Code: 222312