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Patrick Abbott. Airship. The Story of R.34 with signed ephemera and archive.
1919. [Airship R.34 archive.] Patrick Abbott. Airship. The Story of R.34 and the First East-West Crossing of the Atlantic by Air [July 2nd-13th 1919]. Bath: Adams & Dart, 1973. First edition. Small 4to. pp. 163; illusts.; good in the original cloth, worn, the author's own copy, with his ownership inscription to flyleaf; together with a quantity of related ephemera collected by Abbott, including: 1. A Royal Aero Club menu for a Banquet on 23rd July 1919 to celebrate the crossing, signed by eleven of those present including members of the crew of R.34 and related dignitaries; 2. an original pencil and ink drawing of the R.34 by W. Heath Robinson (approx. 19 x 12cm., dated 1921); 3. a signed photographic portrait of AC2 William Ballantyre, the 'stowaway' on the flight; 4. 1p. signed letters from Second Lieut. J. D. Shotter, Major J. E. M. Pritchard, and Rigger Cpl John Forteath, all to Abbott complimenting him on his book, together with further note by Shotter; 5. a contemporary Christmas postcard showing the R.34; 6. 14 modern first day covers commemorating the crossing, one of which is signed by Sgt. A. G. Evenden (Sgt. Engineer on the flight), and another by Ballantyre. In July 1919, His Majesty's Airship R.34 completed the first round-trip crossing of the Atlantic. The ship departed Scotland on 2nd July, reaching Mineola, New York, on the 6th; four days later she returned to Britain, reaching Pulham, England, on the 13th. The achievement was later described in Patrick Abbott's book Airship, whose copy is here offered, together with historical and modern commemorative mater … [Click Below for Full Description]
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