A heavy book due to the use of quality, coated stock which has held up marvelously. This is the 1917 (presumed) first edition with the publisher's red-on-white "CENSORED" notice bound in at title page, advising the buyer the U.S. Government's "Committee on Public Information" has ordered certain descriptions and illustrations removed. In fact, blank spaces marked "CENSORED" do appear where such material has been removed. As no modern, American-designed engine ever made it into combat in the First World War, the idea that those fielding superior European models could have learned much here is interesting. At any rate, author Page (our keyboard lacks the ability to place the proper accent aigu over the "e") was a First World War American aviator, a mechanical genius but not much of a businessman, a controversial pioneer of both aviation and automobile engines who attempted at one point to market a Page automobile built in Stamford, Conn., using a noisy air-cooled engine. (It was occasionally necessary to pull over, stop, and let the engine cool off, presumably causing considerable gratitude on the part of passengers that the engine was not being tested in an aircraft -- see Frank C. Derato's "Victor W. Page / Automotive and Aviation Pioneer.") He barnstormed around Connecticut in the 1930s as appointed supervisor of the state's "Aviation Interest Ground Schools" (part of FDR's Works Progress Administration), promising that those who graduated would get to "go up for a plane ride with Lieutenant Page (dad said that promise went unkept) and actually launched an aircraft mechanic's school in Algiers, Louisiana in the mid-1930s under the auspices of the FDR-era National Youth Administration, though it appears none of these ventures met with much success. This copy bears the ownership signature of "John B. Stetson, Jr. / 1st Lieut. Sig. R.C. A.S." and is signed to the second blank page: "To my friend 'Jay Bee' Stetson with Best Regards -- Dec. 9, 1917 / Victor W. Page." Stetson, son of the founder of the famous hat company, was also a WWI aviator, and later became America's minister to Poland, 1925-1929. A notable book collector and customer of fabled bookseller A.S.W. Rosenbach, Stetson suffered losses in the crash of 1929, put up his book collection as collateral, and reportedly lost much of it circa 1931. 589 pp. including index, followed by a 34-page catalog of the magazine and other books of this publisher. A presumably unique signed association copy. This book will not be shipped to California addresses. Reduced from $540. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Aviation Engines / Design -- Construction --...
Publisher: The Norman W. Henley Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1917
Illustrator: Illustrated with diagrams and glossy B&W photographs
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
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