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Progress in Flying Machines
New York: American Engineer & Railroad Journal, 1894. FIRST EDITION of the first published systematic collection of aviation research. A spectacular presentation copy inscribed by Charles Rolls to Henri Farman, two giants of early aviation. Farman has heavily annotated the book. Henri Farman was a pioneering Anglo-French aviator and aircraft designer. In 1907 he bought a Voisin biplane and set numerous records for distance and duration. He established numerous firsts including the first cross-country flight and the first circuit flight in which an aviator returned to his starting place. He made substantial improvements in aircraft design, with the result that Farman planes became a standard for pre-Great War European aircraft. Farman has extensively annotated this volume with marginal notes, comments, clarifications, and underlining, amounting to hundreds of words and countless markings. A number of these have to do with Farman’s plane design innovations, which included the first use of modern-style ailerons for lateral stability. Farman received this book from Charles S. Rolls, the co-founder of the Rolls-Royce Motor Company and a significant figure in British aviation. In February 1910 Rolls told Wilbur Wright that he had resigned his position at his company in order “to devote myself to flight.” He told Wright that the licensed Wright flyer that he had bought in Europe was of poor quality compared to the sturdy machines built in Dayton. Five months later Rolls was killed when the tail of his French-built Wright machine snapped off before a grandstand filled with horrifie … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop [Stevenson, MD, U.S.A.]

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