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Brewer, Griffith

Published by Air League of the British Empire, London (1940)

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About this Item: Air League of the British Empire, London, 1940. Card. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket (as published). 28 pages, illustrated. A clean and sound booklet, unmarked and undamaged. Size: 8vo. Not Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 16330

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Terada, Torahiko und Kunio Hattori

Published by Tokyo, Imperial University (1927)

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From: WILFRIED MELCHIOR ANTIQUARIAT & VERLAG (Spreewaldheide, Germany)

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About this Item: Tokyo, Imperial University, 1927. Titel, S. (287)-326. 4. Orig.-Karton. - Guter Zustand. * (Ein Titel aus unserem Online-Katalog "Geographie - Asien: Japan"). Seller Inventory # 131297

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About this Item: Tokyo, Imperial University, 1928. II, 47 S. 4. Orig.-Karton. - Guter Zustand. * (Ein Titel aus unserem Online-Katalog "Geographie - Asien: Japan"). Seller Inventory # 131298

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WRIGHT, WILBUR.

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About this Item: Washington, Government Printing Office, 1903. 8vo. In contemporary green full cloth with gilt lettering to spine and the Smithsonian Institution's ornament in gilt to front wrapper. In "Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for 1902." Library label (Supreme Court of the United States] pasted on to pasted down front free end-paper and library stamp (Library of Congress Duplicate) to front free end-paper. A very fine and clean copy. [Wright: Pp. 133-48 + 8 photos.]. Seller Inventory # 45093

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Some Aeronautical Experiments: Wright, Wilbur

Wright, Wilbur

Published by Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. (1903)

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About this Item: Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1903. With 4 photographic plates on 2 sheets. [2], 133-148pp. 8vo. Wright's seminal report on he and his brother's glider experiments at Kitty Hawk which would lead directly to the first flights of 1903. "Some Aeronautical Experiments," was the Wright brothers' first publication on aeronautics. The paper describes the brothers' progress over three seasons of glider flight at Kitty Hawk. Wright presented this paper to the Western Society of Engineers at the urging of Octave Chanute, who was to a large degree responsible for encouraging the Wright brothers' early work and who authored the introduction. The report was originally published in the Journal of Western Society of Engineers for December, 1901 and in a very rare separately-published offprint from that journal. Wright revised the report for inclusion in the Smithsonian Report for 1902, of which the present is the rare separately-issued Smithsonian offprint. Includes four plates featuring eight photographs of gliders in action. Original printed wrappers. Some minor splitting at head and tail of spine, overall near fine. Housed in cloth chemise and slipcase With 4 photographic plates on 2 sheets. [2], 133-148pp. 8vo. Seller Inventory # 314575

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Some aeronautical experiments. Experiments in soaring flight.: Wright, Wilbur

Wright, Wilbur

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About this Item: 1903. Invention of the Airplane Wright, Wilbur (1867-1912). (1) Some aeronautical experiments. In Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 6 (1901): 489-510. (2) Experiments and observations in soaring flight. In Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8 (1903): 400-417. Together two journal volumes. 222 x 145 mm. Library buckram, stamp of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on lower edge of 1903 volume. Very good apart from loose leaf in 1901 volume (not related to the Wright article). First Editions, journal issues. The first paper, "Some aeronautical experiments," was the Wright brothers' first publication on aeronautics, and the work that first made their experiments with motorless gliders known to the world. The paper describes the brothers' progress over three seasons of glider flight, during which they mastered the art of flight control and solved the problem of wing warp drag by the addition of a vertical rear rudder. Wright presented this paper to the Western Society of Engineers at the urging of Octave Chanute, who was to a large degree responsible for encouraging the Wright brothers' early work; the paper is prefaced by some remarks by Chanute discussing the possibility of motorized flight using a new lightweight steam or gas engine. Wright's second paper, "Experiments and observations in soaring flight," includes the first account of his and Orville's attempts with motorized gliders. The brothers made their first powered flight (852 feet in 59 seconds) on 17 December 1903, six months after this report was read before the Western Society of Engineers. Of the work described in their second paper Wilbur later testified in 1912: "This was the first time in the history of the world that lateral balance had been achieved by adjusting wing tips to respectively different angles of incidence on the right and left sides. It was also the first time that a vertical vane had been used in combination with wing tips, adjustable to respectively different angles of incidence, in balancing and steering an aeroplane . . . We were the first to functionally employ a movable vertical tail in a flying aeroplane. We were the first to employ wings adjustable to respectively different angles of incidence in a flying aeroplane. We were the first to use the two in combination in a flying aeroplane" (quoted in Freudenthal, Flight into History: The Wright Brothers and the Air Age, p. 60). These were the key discoveries made by the Wrights. When they applied for a patent on their work it was on their system of control and stability in a glider. Their key patent did not concern motorized airplanes. Dibner 185. Gibbs-Smith, The Invention of the Aeroplane 1799-1909, pp. 37-40; 46-47. Norman 2266, 2267 (offprint issues). Seller Inventory # 43690

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Some Aeronautical Experiments: WRIGHT, Wilbur; CHANUTE,

WRIGHT, Wilbur; CHANUTE, Octave

Published by [Chicago]: , 1901 (1901)

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About this Item: [Chicago]: , 1901, 1901. The Wright Brothers' First Publication on Aeronautics WRIGHT, Wilbur. Some Aeronautical Experiments. By Wilbur Wright Dayton, O. Reprint from Journal of the Western Society of Engineers December 1901. First edition, offprint issue, of the Wright Brothers' First Published Report of their Trial Flights with Motorless Gliders at Kitty Hawk. One of about thirty presentation copies from Octave Chanute. Black stamp on front wrapper "With respects of O. Chanute. / Consulting Engineer". Octavo (9 1/16 x 6 inches; 230 x 152 mm.). 12 leaves, 1-22, [2, blank] pp. Ten halftone illustrations reproducing photographs, and 2-line block illustrations in the text. Publisher's printed gray wrappers, expertly rebacked. Chemised in felt-lined half navy blue morocco over blue cloth boards clamshell case. When we purchased this little book it had been bound into a blue buckram casing with the spine lettered in gilt "W. Wright - Some Aeronautical Experiments - 1901". We sent it to our binder who removed the book from the later casing and restored the spine with matching gray paper. The paper spine is the only area that has been touched in any way. Very scarce with only seven copies listed in institutions worldwide: US,NY. Cornell University; US,AL. Auburn University; US,CO. Denver Public Library US,DC. Smithsonian Institution; US,MI. Detroit Public Library; US,OH. Dayton Metro Library CA,ON. Canada Science & Technology Museums Just four copies have appeared at auction over the past sixty-five years: 1. Swann galleries New York, January 10, 1991, lot 8 (wraps - spine repaired with cellotape, loose - $5,000) 2. Christie's New York, October 29, 1998, lot 1339 (The Norman copy, original wrappers rebacked in cloth, repaired tear to lower wrapper - $42,000) 3. Christie's New York, November 16, 2005, lot 148 (original printed wrappers, outer edges browned, paperclip mark on upper wrapper, spine partially split - pencil translations of captions into French below 6 illustrations - $29,492) 4. Christie's New York, June 21, 2013, lot 34 (original printed wrappers with 10 halftones - $38,000) The Wright brothers' first publication on aeronautics, and the work that made their experiments with motorless gliders known to the world. Wilbur Wright's paper describes the brothers' progress over three seasons of glider flight, during which they mastered the art of flight control and solved the problem of wing warp drag by the addition of a vertical rear rudder. Wright made this address to the Western Society of Engineers at the urging of Octave Chanute, who was to a large degree responsible for encouraging the Wright brother's early work; the paper is prefaced by some remarks by Chanute discussing the possibility of motorized flight using a new lightweight steam or gas engine. Chanute was so certain of this paper's significance that he ordered 300 copies of the offprint, 150 of which he sent to colleagues in the United States and abroad, and 150 of which he sent to the Wright brothers for their own use." (The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science & Medicine, volume II, pp. 825-826). "Speaking of printing reminds me to tell you that I have ordered 300 reprints of your paper which comes out in the December transactions of the Western Soc. Eng. One half is to be sent to you, and I will distribute the remainder among my my foreign and domestic correspondents." (Letter from Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright. Chicago, December 19, 1901). This important paper was written and read to the Society at the urging of its president Octave Chanute, a French-born civil engineer whose passion for aeronautics made him "an international clearing house for information on aviation" (The Wright Brothers: Heirs of Prometheus, Smithsonian Institution 1978, p. 15), and whose own carefully tabulated gliding experiments in 1896 and 1897 paved the way for the Wrights' later successes. Octave Chanute (February 18, 1832, Paris - November 23, 1910, Chicago, Illinois) was an American civil engineer and aviation pioneer, born in France. He provided many budding enthusiasts, including the Wright brothers, with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. At his death he was hailed as the father of aviation and the heavier-than-air flying machine. Dibner Heralds of Science 185; Norman 2266; Davy, pp. 132-133;. Seller Inventory # 03752

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