Pre-1914 Books

  • Lilienthal - Birdflight as the Basis for Aviation - 1911

    SKU: 21-B-40

     Liliethal, Otto.  BIRDFLIGHT as the Basis for Aviation.  Longman, Green & Co., London, 1911.  142pp, illus, 8 folding plates, orig green cloth.  X-Lib St. Paul with minimal markings. About good, light wear to top & bottom of spine.  A classic work by this famous aviation pioneer.

    Price: $85.00
  • French Aeronautical Dictionary - circa 1908

    SKU: 21-B-39

    de Baeder, F.A. and G. Dubouchet.  Dictionaire Illustre' de la Navigation Aerienne.  Librairie Aeronautique, Paris, n.d. (ca. 1908).  140pp, 150 illus, cloth w/pasted-on pictorial cover illus., 5.5x7.25".  Very good; several pages have pencil underlining.  Nice early dictionary published at the time of the first French aero meets.  (Note: this item cannot be ordered in the shopping cart.  Email me and an invoice will be sent) SOLD

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  • Belgian Technical Report on Wright Aeroplanes - 1910

    SKU: 21-CAT-33

     Bia, Georges.  Les Freres Wright & Leur Oeuvre. (The Wright Brothers and Their Work by Geo. Bia, Belgian Representative of the Wright Brothers).  Report of the Aeronautical Section of the Belgian Society of Industrial Engineers, 1910.  Libraire des Sciences Aeronautiques, F. Louis Vivien, Paris, 1910.  56pp, illus w/ drawings and photographs, 7x10.5", wrps, French text.  Good; bottom spine cover chipped.  A very important work on the Wright aeroplanes just after their triumphant flights in Europe. SOLD

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  • Spanish American War Roster - 1899

    SKU: 21-B-38

     Useful original printed roster for the Department of the Pacific and Eighth Army Corps., Major General Elwell S. Otis, U.S. Vols, Commanding. Published by the Adjutant General's Office, January 1899, Manila, Philippine Islands.  41pp + 9pp personnel index, wrps, stapled, 5x8".  Good, back paper cover loose.  Extensive listings of officers in all units to include their unit, duty assignments, rank, name, and locations.  

    Price: $25.00
  • J.R. Gaunt Pictorial Catalog - circa 1905

    SKU: 21-B-38

     Large folio, 11x14", hard cover, approx 200pp, 48 plates (2 in color), index.  Lavish catalog for this famous British insignia maker.  Thousands of buttons, badges. swords, medals, cap badges, hats and epaulets pictured in photographs.  Label pasted on lower left of cover is for the New York Office of Gaunt.  Condition is about fair with corner bumps, and some light water stains and wrinkling. Wonderful reference; photos carry index numbers but no textural descriptions. 

    Price: $95.00
  • First Aerial Voyage Across the English Channel - 1955

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-349

     (Staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County). First Aerial Voyage Across the English Channel, Diary of Dr. John Jeffries, the Aeronaut.  24pp, illus, wrps, 6.5x9.5".  Reprint of an article first published in the Magazine of American History, Jan 1885.  Jeffries was an American medical doctor whose family came to America from England in 1677.  Jeffries crossed the Channel in 1785 with Aeronaut Blanchard.  Very good; some cover toning. SOLD

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  • 1913-14 British Aeronautics Report

    SKU: 21-B-26

     Technical Report of the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics for the Year 1913-14.  London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1915.  537pp, illus w/photos and drawings, covers missing.  A wealth of information on early aviation in these just-pre-WWI days.  Fair; no covers and first and last pages loose.

    Price: $30.00
  • Langley Memorial - 1906

    SKU: 21-B-25

     Adler, Cyrus.  Samuel Pierpont Langley.  Washington, GPO, 1907.  18pp, wrps, 6x9.5".  Reprint from the Smithsonian Report for 1906; test of a paper read before the Philosophical Society of Washington on Nov 24, 1906.  Essentially a biography of Langley.  Good; some rear cover chips and pencil checkmarks in text.

    Price: $18.00
  • French Technical Publication on Propeller Aerodynamics - 1912

    SKU: 21-B-24

     Gandillot, Maurice.  Abrege sur L'Helice ef La Resistance de L'Air.  Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1912.  188pp, illus w/drawings, wrps, 9x11".  Fair, some edge bumps and small back cover stain.  French text, early treatise on propellers.

    Price: $45.00
  • Langley Monograph - 1908

    SKU: 21-B-23

     Langley, Samuel P.  Researches and Experiments in Aerial Navigation.  Washington, GPO, 1908.  Smithsonian reprint from the reports of 1897, 1900, 1901 and 1904.  Approx 56pp, illus with plates, wrps, uncut.  About fair-good, covers loose, edge chips.  A rare summary of the famous Langley Aerodrome experiments.

    Price: $65.00