Boston: The Stratford Company, . Illustrated. First Edition. Signed presentation from Falconer on the half-title page: “To Temple from Bolivar with warmest regards. At sea 3 September 1937.” Dr. Bolivar Lang Falconer was a world traveler, having traveled around the world seven times. “Flying Around the World" recounts his journey around the world, attempting to make that trip as the first person to circle the globe as a paying passenger. Falconer flew a number of times in the great zeppelin airships Graf Zeppelin and Hindenberg Zepplin, and was acquainted with Dr. Hugo Eckener, of the German Zeppelin Corporation. Dr. Falconer was credited with founding the public education system in the Philippine Islands and was licensed to practice medicine in Washington and Manilla. He was a Fellow of the American and Royal Geographic Societies. The recipient of the book is believed to be Charles Templeton Crocker, past president of the California Historical Society and a member of the board of directors for over twenty years. He also wrote the first American opera that was produced in Europe; helped popularize French Art Deco in America; and funded and headed expeditions with the California Academy of Sciences and other academic institutions aboard his personal yacht Zaca. The town of Templeton is named after him. In the late 1920s, Crocker commissioned Garland Rotch to design a two-masted, 118-foot-long, black-hulled schooner. She was christened Zaca, a Native American word which means “Peace”, on April 12, 1930 by Academy Award winner Marie Dressler. Crocker sailed his yacht around the world covering 27,490 miles and calling at 50 ports It was the first time a private yacht circumnavigated the globe from the West Coast. Many signed copies on the market appear to be autographed on a tipped-in bookplate. Small 8vo., red cloth, stamped in gilt, in dust jacket; 164 pages. Item #57473
Very Good (covers bright with very minor wear; contents clean & tight); little edgewear (small chip to top & bottom of spine) d/j.