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The Black Swallow of Death
Boston: Marlborough House, 1972. Fine/Fine. First edition. Foreword by Senator Edward W. Brooke. Octavo. 271pp. Photographs. Gift inscription, else about fine in price-clipped else fine dustwrapper. Biography of Eugene Jacques Bullard, the world's first black combat aviator. The Georgia-born Bullard was a fascinating figure. Hearing from his father that white and black were treated equally in France, he stowed away on a freighter to Scotland, and worked as prize fighter until he could continue on to Paris. He was a highly decorated soldier serving with the French during WWI, when incapacitated by his wounds for trench duty, he became a pilot in the Lafayette Flying Corps. After the war he was drummer, night club owner, acquaintance of American expatriate writers, and married into the French nobility. The slightly amateurish jacket art depicts the flyer as somewhere between forbidding and demonic! Scarce title.
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