Pre-1914 Books

  • Air Racing Results - 8 Vol Set

    SKU: 21-AR-8

     Williams, Gary (compiler).  Air Racing Results.  Phoenix, privately printed, 2006.  Eight volume set, wrps, plastic comb binding.  Each volume about 200pp, illus with photos of race tickets, progams and posters.  Vol I [1909-1918], Vol II [1919-1927], Vol III [1928-1930], Vol IV [1931-1933], Vol V [1934-1941], Vol VI [1946-1976], Vol VII [1977-1991], Vol VIII [1992-2005].  This little-known publication distributed by the author is a true gem in any serious aviation collection.  One-stop reference for anything air racing.  Very good condition.

    Price: $95.00
  • G. Eiffel, The Resistance of the Air and Aviation - 1913

    SKU: 21-B-1

     "Experiments Conducted at the Champ-de-Mars Laboratory".  Translated by Jerome C. Hunsaker, Assistant Naval Constructor, USN.  London & New York, Houghton, Mifflin, 1913.  242pp, 10x12.5", illus, red cloth covers,  27 folding plates and one vellum plate in back cover pocket.  A compilation of data from Eiffel's large wind tunnel experiments which were of significant benefit to the early aeroplane designers. Hinges weak but intact, from the Reference Section, Hill Library, Saint Paul with two small ex-library marks.  Overall good condition.

    Price: $225.00
  • G. Eiffel - Nouvelles Recherches (Atlas) - 1914

    SKU: 19-B-4

    Eiffel, G.  Nouvelles Recherches sur la Resistance de l'Air et l'Aviation (Vol II, Atlas).  Paris, Dunod & Pinat (ed), 1914.  67pp, 39 folding plates, large folio 10x13".  Each plate has a drawing of the sideview of a circa 1914 aircraft and lift/drag curves for the full aircraft model in a wind tunnel at a variety of angles-of-attack.  Also several plates of propellers and dirigible hangars.  A beautiful publication seldom offered.  Library stamp from the Academy of Model Aeronautics.  About good condition.

    Price: $425.00
  • Lilienthal - Bird Flight - 1911

    SKU: 19-B-3

     Lilienthal, Otto.  Bird Flight as a Basis of Aviation, A Contribution Towards a System of Aviation.    London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1911.  142pp, illus, plus 8 folding plates, hard cover.  About fair-good, x-libris with usual library stamps.  Translated from the German by A.W. Isenthal.  Light cover rubbing, text block and hinges sound.  An important work in the progress toward early flight.

    Price: $85.00
  • Swedenborg's 1714 Airplane

    SKU: 19-B-00020

    Soderberg, Henry.  Swedenborg's 1714 Airplane.  New York, Swedenborg Foundation, 1988.  First printing, 95pp, illus, 6x9".  As new in as new dust jacket.  Curious and detailed study of a very early glider design.  Uncommon.

    Price: $20.00
  • Means - MANFLIGHT - 1891

    SKU: 18-B-00013

    Means, James.  Manflight.  Boston, Rockwell and Churchill Press, 1891.  29pp, wrps, two line drawings, 6x9".  Fascinating essay proposing a vertical screw for lift and a horizontal one for propulsion.  He also recommends abandoning the balloon as a lifting device.  This is a near-mint original pamphlet, one of a very small number uncovered recently.

    Price: $45.00
  • Lougheed - VEHICLES of the AIR - First Edition, 1909

    SKU: 18-B-00011

    Lougheed, Victor.  Vehicles of the Air.  Chicago, The Reilly and Britton Co., 1909.  First Edition, 479pp, 270 illus.  Blue cloth, gold embossed cover.  A wealth of information on LTA, HTA, manufacturing, accessories, aircraft types, how-to-fly, flight records, etc.  Good with typical wear on cover edges, spine top-and-bottom; some light foxing.  A sound copy and a comprehensive one-volume reference on the very earliest machines.

    Price: $75.00
  • Means - The Aeronautical Annual 1895

    SKU: 17-B-00041

    Means, James (ed).  The Aeronautical Annual - 1895.  Boston, W.B. Clarke, copyright 1894.  172pp, illus, 6x9", wrps.  Means collected articles from famous researchers on early flight for his volumes  This is the first of four annuals from Means:  1895, 1896, 1897 and the Epitome.  It is said that the Wright Bros. used these in their design work.  This copy in good condition with typical wear over about 120 years. 

    Price: $150.00
  • 1913 Die Flugkunst

    SKU: 17-B-00040

    Neyen, E.  1913 Die Flugkunst am Scheidewege.  (Aviation at the Crossroads, Latest Flight Research and Statistics of 1912-13).  Berlin, 1913.  40pp, wonderful photos of strange air machines and numerous crashes.  Four page table by date of crashes by famous aviators;  lists date, pilot's /passenger's name, location of crash, death or injury (mostly deaths), height of fall, type of machine...and much more.  Inside back cover are stats on airship crashes to include cost of the machines.  A treasure trove of information and classic illustrations.  Quite a rare publication at a wonderful time of early and dangerous flight.  None other listed on viaLibri.

    Price: $165.00
  • Motorluftschiffe und Flugmaschinen - 1909

    SKU: 17-B-00039

    Solff, Oberleutnant S.    Motorluftschiffe und Flugmaschinen. (Flying Machines and Motors).  Berlin/Leipzip, Herman Hillger, ca. 1909.  95pp, illus, 5x7", wrps.  Section on lighter-than-air and another on heavier-than-air.  About good, some small edge tears.    

    Price: $85.00