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De Montgolfier a Wilbur Wright: Compte Rendu - Wright Brothers, Lazare Weiller, - 1908. [1204013]
Chez M. Paul Flobert [and] Societe Archeologique Le Vieux Papier, Paris 1908 - 2 volumes. 4to, 8vo. 1st edition, LIMITED NUMBERED edition, one of 300 copies, illustrated with photographs, engravings and woodcuts, and with front cover hand-colored by Flobert. This one INSCRIBED by Lazare Weiller, 'To fellow bibliophile Leon Adrian, for suggesting the idea to leave the mines in order to look from the highest vantage point. Affectionately yours, L. Weiller'. Additionally SIGNED on the half-title by Paul Flobert. Laid-in is the original banquet menu from the December 22, 1908, dinner celebrating Weiller and his association with the Wright Brothers, with engraved wrappers, and photographic frontis of Wilbur in flight in September 1908. Weiller was contracted with the Wrights to build, sell, and license the Wright plane in France, and was instrumental in offering Wilbur the venue in which he would capture the world's imagination. Arriving in France in May of 1908, he was met with widespread skepticism and disbelief, but when he flew over two miles on August 8 at Le Mans, with great control, his French doubters began to turn. By the time he moved the flights to Camp d’Auvours, the press was full of praise, and 'Le Figaro' declared the Wrights’ plane 'was not a success; it was a triumph!' Throughout the fall Wilbur set new records for flight, and on December 18 set a new altitude record of 110 meters, four days before this fete. A pair of exceptionally rare artifacts from Wilbur Wright's crucial time in France, and important documents in the international history of aviation. Fine. THE SET: [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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