West With The Night - Beryl Markham 1942 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition, First Printing The remarkable Beryl Markham’s elegantly crafted autobiography. Africa’s first female thoroughbred horse trainer and its first woman bush pilot, who in 1936 became the first person to fly the Atlantic solo from east to west. First edition, first printing with ‘1942’ on title page (later printings only had the date on the copyright page), and in the delicate dust jacket, not price-clipped as commonly found.

After apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of horses, Markham had turned to aviation, carrying mail, passengers, and supplies in her small plane to far corners of the Sudan, Tanganyika, Kenya, and Rhodesia. Ernest Hemingway, who was unimpressed when first meeting Markham whilst on his 1933-4 African safari, wrote in a letter to editor Maxwell Perkins:
"Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer’s log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and some times making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people’s stories, are absolutely true I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book."
  Provenance: Contemporary inscription dated 1944 to upper edge of title page.

Reference: Robinson,
Wayward Women 302. Baker, Selected Letters 541.

First edition first printing with date 1942 printed to title page and also to copyright page, later printings did not show 1942 on the title page.

Octavo (book size 23.5 x 16 cm) pp. x 294. Publisher’s bright green cloth lettered in black to spine and front board. Dust jacket priced $3.00 to upper corner of front flap, and also at end of blurb on rear panel, small square war bonds advertisement on lower corner of rear flap.
  Condition: Very good plus, faint sunning to spine, light wear to corners and spine ends, in very good dust jacket, minor overall toning, some rubbing to edges and wear to corners, small chip to upper corner of front panel.   Ref: 109267   Price: HK$ 11,000