Pre-1914 Books

  • Langley Aerodrome Excerpt for 1914 Smithsonian Report

    SKU: 21-B-52

     Four pages of text and plates 1 & 2 removed from the 1914 Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1914.  This is the classic report on the tests by Glenn Curtiss of the Langley Aerodrome in which is stated: "The tests thus far have shown that the late Secretary Langley had succeeded in building the first aeroplane capable of sustained free flight with a man."  As a result of this report, the Wrights moved their Flyer to England; it was only returned after the Smithsonian published a report retracting their 1914 statements.  Very good original.

    Price: $35.00
  • Lilienthal - The Problem of Flying - 1894

    SKU: 21-B-47

     Lilienthal, Otto.  The Problem of Flying and Practical Experiments in Soaring.  GPO, Washington, 1894.  18pp, illus, 6.25x9.75", vintage reprint from the 1893 Smithsonian report, wrps, stapled.  Fair-good, cover loose from text block, some tape repairs.  SOLD

    Price: $0.00
  • Lilienthal Reprint of 1889 Edition - 1943

    SKU: 21-B-46

     Lilienthal, Otto.  Der Vogelflug als Grundlage der Fliegekunst.  Berlin and Munich, 1943.  196pp, illus + 8 folding plates, brown card covers, 6.25x9".  German text. Very good.

    Price: $50.00
  • Lilienthal by Gerhard Halle - 1962

    SKU: 21-B-45

     Halle, Gerhard.  Otto Lilienthal und Seine Flugzeug-Konstruktionen.  Munich, Deutsche Museum, 1962.  68pp, wrps, illus, 6x8.25".  German text.  Very good.

    Price: $20.00
  • 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.  ON HOLD

    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

    Price: $0.00
  • Spanish American War Roster - 1899

    SKU: 21-B-38A

     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

    Price: $0.00