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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 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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I Cingoli Bonmartini [The Bonmartini Tracks], Bordoni, F.
5 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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Flights.  Unforgettable Exploits of the Air, Drawings by Frank Lemon., Lemon, Frank, illustrator
6 Lemon, Frank, illustrator Flights. Unforgettable Exploits of the Air, Drawings by Frank Lemon.
New York Wright Aeronautical Corporation 1928 First Folio Very Good 
Folio, 56 by 45.5 cm. Seven colored lithographic plates, the "Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk" plate signed by Lemon, with one page letterpress text from the Wright Aeronautical corporation saying "Happy Christmas, 1928". Plates loose, as issued, portfolio slightly worn. A Corporate Christmas gift, in an edition of 500 copies, to clients and friends of the Wright Corporation. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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The Account Mr. Jonathan Bubble's First Attempt at Flying, As Related by Himself, Putnam, George W.
7 Putnam, George W. The Account Mr. Jonathan Bubble's First Attempt at Flying, As Related by Himself
Lynn, Massachusetts Probably self-published 1881 First 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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