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Mount Up With Wings - Mary de Bunsen

Hutchinson, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a couple of spots to the upper panel, light soiling to the lower. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

A pleasant copy of an uncommon title, although copies exist at the British Library and National Library of Scotland. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The conquest of physical disability connects the many episodes of this unusual autobiography. Flying helped the author literally and spiritually to rise above the weak heart, poor eyesight and polio which hampered her childhood. As Press Secretary at Heston Airport in a forgotten chapter of history, piloting herself to a chain of aerodromes, she combined business with pleasure in the golden age of private flying. When war came she joined the civilian ferry pilots who supplied the Royal Air Force.

After the war, she became interested in organic farming, gardening and nutrition, and worked with Lady Eve Balfour in the early organization of the Soil Association. When her health failed, she travelled as a partial invalid to the Far East, Australia and South Africa and spent six months in the South Pacific, 400 miles from anywhere, on the island of her dreams. By 1953 she was home again, bedridden and slowly dying of heart failure, but at the eleventh hour she flew to America for a pioneer operation on which the odds were ten to one against survival.

Heart surgery restored her ability to live an independent life and write this book, which hints at the philosophy that has enabled her to come to terms with life.”

Jacket designed by Peter Chadwick. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt on Red Title Plate titling to the Spine. 224 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.