The World in the Air: The Story of Flying in Pictures. Complete in 2 volumes

Miller, Francis Trevelyan

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930
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This item on hold pending amendment of California Assembly Bill 1570. Complete in two volumes. This is set no. 290 of 500 sets of the Pioneers Edition. Signed in a neat and confident ink hand by the author on the colophon page. Additionally, each set contains the autograph signatures of pioneers of aeronautics of the United States, France, Great Britain and Germany. Printed by Rembrandt Gravure, New York, and presumed bound in the USA. Bound in half vellum, ivory-colored, and the boards in textured Japan paper, in shades of bronze, brown and gilt. Slight age-toning to the vellum. The spines with pristine labels in dark spruce blue morocco [?] or leather-like cloth, and with crip gilt-stamped title and author name. Unbumped spine heads and tails, with sharp corners, except that there are gentle bumps to the bottom corners of Volume II. 11.5 x 8.25 inches. The fore- and bottom edges deckled to a handsome effect. Pastedowns and opposite FEPs in matching textured Japan paper. Each volume with frontispiece plate with pristine tissue guard. 315 and 336 numbered pages. Pages printed on Ragleaf all rag paper. Over 1,200 illustrations. "First historic collection of official prints and photographs from government archives and private collections recording five thousand years of man's struggles to conquer the air." The illustrations are in sepia-tone, with several full page. All on heavy stock. No demerits observed save the occasional speck in the paper inherent in the paper manufacturing. An immaculate set, and very tight. Almost certainly unread inasmuch as most of the pages remain unopened. A Fine set of two volumes. You will not find a finer set of this edition. The volumes include chapters and sections such as: origin and evolution of human flight; first crossing of English Channel in the air: historic flights through reign of Napoleon; Wrights in the air; race of the nations in the new conquest; death combats recorded by war cameras; and more. Our thanks to Charles Agvent for the following accurate description: "Signed by seven noted pioneers of aeronautics, all two per page except for Curtiss, including Glenn Curtiss who made the first public flight in America; Dr. Hugo Eckener, commander of the "Graf Zeppelin," who made the first airship flight around the world; Louis Bleriot who made the first airplane flight across the English Channel; Dr. Claude Dornier, German designer and builder of multi-engined aircraft; Henri Farman who made the first distance flight in Europe; Major G. H. Scott, commander of the first Trans-Atlantic voyage in an airship in 1919; and Lieut. Arthur Whitten Brown, co-commander of the first nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic in 1919." Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The World in the Air: The Story of Flying in...
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: 1930
Binding: Decorative Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.

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