The Black Swallow of Death. The Incredible Story of Eugene Jacques …
The Black Swallow of Death. The Incredible Story of Eugene Jacques …
The Black Swallow of Death. The Incredible Story of Eugene Jacques …

CARISELLA, P.J., and James W. RYAN. The Black Swallow of Death. The Incredible Story of Eugene Jacques Bullard, the World's First Black Combat Aviator.

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CARISELLA, P.J., and James W. RYAN. The Black Swallow of Death. The Incredible Story of Eugene Jacques Bullard, the World's First Black Combat Aviator. Boston, Marlborough House, [1972].

8vo. Original blue cloth, lettered in cerise and white; illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. xi, [3], 271, illustrations in the text after photographs; a fine copy.
Uncommon first edition, presentation copy, inscribed by James W. Ryan to Alice Cahill, thanking her for support on front fly-leaf. This is an unusual biography with preface by Edward William Brooke, the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. The two authors (WWI historians and aviation writers) had used Bullard's unpublished memoirs and did some original research of this incredible life as a highly decorated French fighter pilot of Afro-American origin, Jazz musician, nightclub owner, boxer, Louis Armstrong's translator, and much more.

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