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1 Fairchild Airplanes 1929
Farmingdale, NY Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Corporation 1929 Wraps. Brochure Near Fine 
23 by 20 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp., including wraps. Large photos on 12 pages of Fairchild's three models of the day, including both exterior and interiors. Boasting of speeds of up to 130 miles per hour, and offering planes with some minimal creature comforts but two shorts years after Lindbergh's historic flight -- passengers are wearing fashionable street clothes on the comparatively plush seats. Fairchild was founded in 1924 and produced a good number of innovations during its history, including, as shown here, a fully enclosed cockpit. The assets of the company were sold in 2003 to M7 Alliance. Needless to say, a scarce sales promotion with no copies located on OCLC. Folded down the center at one time, with a light crease remaining. Otherwise, clean and fresh. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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In Cloudland. No. 221
2 In Cloudland. No. 221
New York Samuel Gabriel Sons & Company 1912 First Edition Wraps, stiffened card, paper pastedown Good 
4to. 27 by 21 cm. 16 pp., including wraps. Four chromo plates, including front cover, with two tone illustrations on all the other pages. Craquelure lines on the cover, with minor corner chipping of the paper pastedown. Slight chewing of upper rear corner. Minor soiling within. Closed tear or splitting down center or the hinge. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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La Galerie Historique du Palais de l'Air ŕ l’Exposition de 1937
3 La Galerie Historique du Palais de l'Air ŕ l’Exposition de 1937
Paris 1937 Hardcover. Pebbled cloth. (Faux leather). Screw Very Good 
A scarce, beautiful commemorative souvenir of the aviation pavilion at the 1937 Paris World Exposition and of French aviation up to that point. Oblong folio, 31.5 by 41.5 cm. 16 photographic plates (mostly photographs of artwork), each on a heavy card, and each protected by tissue guards. Scarce. OCLC has listing for this book, but notes no instituional holdings. The pavilion celebrated French inventors, aviators and manufacturers, with nary a nod to even the Wright Brothers. The historical paintings begin with the launch by the Montgolfiers of their balloon in 1783, and figures honored include Francois Ader, who managed to get a machine heavier than air off the ground in 1897, Eiffel, Henri Farman, Bleriot, Francois Garros, Pegoud, etc. And of course the war pilots from the First World War received a great amount of attention. Be that the exhibit was chauvinistic, it is undeniable that the large panels were unquestionably dramatic and striking, with not a few depicting planes flying over colonies with awed natives looking up. The final plate in the album shows a rendering of the then new airport at Le Bourget, which opened in November of that year. Another plate reproduced four photos of the French airplanes on display in the Palace. The paintings reproduced on the other plates are, it should be pointed out, all representational artworks, and not the abstractions produced by artists such as Sonia and Rober Delaunay, whose work was also on display in the pavilion. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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4 Lindy The New Flying Game A Sequel to the Famous Parker Game TOURING
Salem MA Parker Brothers, Inc. 1927 Box Near Fine 
With 99 cards and four page instructions manual, this game was issued to celebrate, and cash in on, Lindbergh's famous transatlantic flight. Complete, with cards all in good repair, as is the original yellow box. The instruction brochure has closed tears along folds from years of creasing. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Our Part in the Great War.  Ruston & Hornsby Limited.  Engineers.
5 Our Part in the Great War. Ruston & Hornsby Limited. Engineers.
Lincoln, England 1919 Quarter morocco. Decorated cloth boards. Very Good 
Profusely illustrated, graphically compelling, celebration of the company's part as a supplier during the First World War. With appealing color plates of planes as well as the company's factory, etc. Oblong 4to, 22.5 by 29 cm. 123 pp. Ruston & Hornsby made wagons, carts aircraft bomb carriages, engines, including those for planes and tanks, disinfectors, generators, tractors, gun mounts and tripods, bombs and explosives, mine sweeping equipment, and most importantly, airplanes. It made 2,750 during the war, plus over 4,000 plane engines, according to this book. Scarce, with four institutional holdings shown on OCLC -- British Library, Smithsonian, Rice, Cleveland. A few soil spots on the cloth. Rubbing along joints, and inconspicuous tear of leather along rear joint. Clean within. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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6 Vie au Grand Air Noel
1912 First Edition Cloth Fine 
Scarce sporting periodical, with the most notable piece on aviation, but also articles and plates depicting car racing, shooting, tennis, fencing, equestriana, boxing, cycling. (1912 was an Olympic year.) The graphics and overall production of this periodical, or at least this issue, are extraordinary, with the use of colorized photos for a number of the plates. The format is large, with the pages measuring 13.5 by 11 inches, or 34 by 28 cm. No copies found on OCLC. Clean and tight. Original wraps bound in red cloth. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Airmail Sales Proposal] American Airways Limited.  New York-Chicago Route.  Sunset-Sunrise Services.  United States Mail.  Urgent Express. Valuable Cargo. Bank Paper.  Aerograms.  No Passengers.  Presented at Detroit Club Luncheon, March 28, 1925.  Preliminary Plan.  America's Initial Step Towards Practical Private Airway Operation.  Confidential Not For Publication.
7 [Airmail Sales Proposal] American Airways Limited. New York-Chicago Route. Sunset-Sunrise Services. United States Mail. Urgent Express. Valuable Cargo. Bank Paper. Aerograms. No Passengers. Presented at Detroit Club Luncheon, March 28, 1925. Preliminary Plan. America's Initial Step Towards Practical Private Airway Operation. Confidential Not For Publication.
1928 First edition Wraps Good 
4to. 28.5 by 24.5 cm. Unpaginated, 25 leaves, with printing (and photos) all on rectos. Proposal includes using a zeppelin or blimp for transatlantic service. Scarce -- no copies on OCLC -- and further, as a prospectus, it is the type of document that has seldom made its way into institutional collections, we believe. Cover has roughness. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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8 [Trade Catalogue] French-American Balloon Co. Established in St. Louis in 1903. Club and Private Balloons in Stock and to Order. Dirigibles, Aerenplanes, Captive Balloons, Light Motors, Gas Plants and Instruments. H.E. Hoenywell, Director and Pilot. [Together with] cover letter and mailing envelope.
St. Louis, Missouri 1912 Wraps Near Fine 
Oblong, 9.5 by 21 cm. Unpaginated, 12 pages. With b/w photos, including two page long narrow photo of parked balloons at the American Championship Race of 1909. The company touts not just its winning record in races, but also its cost effectiveness -- when it hasn't won, it points out how close it came at a fraction of the cost. List of records on third page. Photos of winning balloons, a bridal party -- it is advertising its balloons for this purpose -- and its whale-like dirigibles. With price list, and brief descriptions of such things as their method of construction, their pilot instruction, et. al. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. Light soiling to the cover letter, and age toning to envelope. Brochure itself in near fine condition. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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I Cingoli Bonmartini [The Bonmartini Tracks], Bordoni, F.
9 Bordoni, F. I Cingoli Bonmartini [The Bonmartini Tracks]
1952 Full Calf, Cloth Slipcase Very Good 
A thick patent application and associated documents relating to a novel, even bizarre, innovation in aviation. 4to. 31 by 24 cm. 404 pp., followed by attachments of approximately 80 pp. Copiously illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings. The invention was for a four wheel track system, or caterpillar track system, that would allow airplanes to be run over rough terrain on the ground. Essentially it was to be the equivalent of a seaplane in terms of alternative landing and take off venues. The utility of such a functionality is clear in flying to remote areas, especially at a time when commercial aviation was much more limited than it is today, and while not spoken of in the document, it would have a military applicability as well. The patent was in fact acted upon by Bonmartini. Bonmartini was a company with roots in the 1920s and was a major innovator in Italian aviation. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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10 Endow, Kay Karl Transpacific Wings
Los Angeles Wetzel Publishing Co., Inc. 1935 First Edition Cloth Fine Near Fine Jacket 
The great Japanese-American aeronautics novel! Or at least the first! Inscribed twice by author, who was hopeful through this work to improve Japanese-American relations. 8vo. 332, [1] pp. The author, as a Japanese-American, seems to have earnestly, if futilely, dedicated his story to building stronger ties between Japan and the United States. Pearl Harbor was over six years away, but relations between Japan and the U.S. were strained throughout the late thirties, as American sympathies reached out to the Chinese victims of Japan's conquest of Manchuria and attacks on China elsewhere. Yet in the plot of this novel, the young buck pilots embark on a daring, yet unprecedented non-stop flight from Nebraska to Tokyo, packaging their mission as one meant to promote goodwill and greater understanding between the two nations. (The first successful non-stop transpacific flight, from Japan to Washington State, had occurred in 1931, but the flight done in this novel went along the long global bulge instead of arc-ing north.) As a sine qua non in such a story, the transpacific flight encounters a typhoon, and then a co-pilot loses his mind and a struggle ensues between the two pilots, but the plane ultimately reaches its destination and the pilots are celebrated, only for one to have a life and death crisis on a shorter flight. No novel, though, can be built strictly on the operation of machinery through various technical and climactic challenges, and so this novel belongs squarely in that genre that might be pegged, airmen, their machines and their women! The human drama that unfolds here, alas, never lifts off the ground. The characters don't seem real, their conflicts, stilted, forced, and decidedly un-compelling. Yet it is this weakness in the novel that makes in fascinating in a strange way. Endow makes all his characters Caucasian. Regarding himself as an assimilated Japanese-American, Endow probably thought he knew and understood these people. Yet instead he created cartoon characters instead, perhaps in a manner that evokes Ayn Rand. Minor edgewear to the DJ, with miniscule chipping along the spine extremities. A few spots of darkening to the leaves -- remnants of where loose paper might have been lodged for a time. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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11 Guyon, Charles La Guerre Dans Les Airs. [Les Livres Roses Pour la Jeunesse] 16 Gravures
Paris Librairie Larousse 1915 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
12mo. 48 pp. Includes stories about dirigibles and zeppelins. Scarce juvenile literary and propaganda relic from World War One. Heavily age toned text. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Account Mr. Jonathan Bubble's First Attempt at Flying, As Related by Himself, Putnam, George W.
12 Putnam, George W. The Account Mr. Jonathan Bubble's First Attempt at Flying, As Related by Himself
Lynn, Massachusetts Probably self-published 1881 First Edition Wraps. Brochure. Good 
Scarce -- no copies located on OCLC or otherwise. Inscribed by the author. 8vo. 22 by 17 cm. 16 pp., plus two illustrated plates, and wraps. Fanciful, humorous tale of flying. Gentle fun is poked at temperance, scientific ambition, and human foibles in general. With press notices pasted onto the rear of the front wrap, and short snippets of reviews of a prior work by Putnam. While this work may well have been self-published, it is a mystery how not a single copy found its way into an institutional collection, if that is indeed the case. Moderate wear to wraps. One of the two plates tipped back in. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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