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The Autogiro and How to Fly It - BRIE, Reginald Alfred Charles (1895-1988) - 1933. 
London: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1933.. First Edition. Octavo, pp. xiii, 82, 24 of adverts. In publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board. Numerous illustrations; both photographic and line drawings. With a foreword by Juan de la Cierva, the Spanish engineer who built autogiros in the UK in conjunction with Avro. After service with the Royal Flying Corps, and later with the Royal Air Force, Brie took employment with the Cierva Autogiro Company as a test pilot and demonstrator, showing the capabilities of the the Autogiro to the public and trade figures. In 1933 he was convicted of "low and dangerous flying" in an autogiro over the Kingston Bypass road, and in 1935 he became the first pilot to land and take off in a rotorcraft from a ship at sea. Some dustiness to the top edge, light spotting to the edges. Cloth shows some slight rubbing to extremities with the gilt to the spine slightly rubbed and dulled, small white mark to bottom of spine. Some bumping to the corner and to the head cap. A very good copy of a devilishly scarce title.
[Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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