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James Means
VTG 1894 FIRST EDITION THE PROBLEM OF MANFLIGHT BY JAMES MEANS W.B. CLARKE 20pps
Boston: W.B. Clarke, 1894. Wear on front. Writing in pencil and chips to corners and bookplate. See pictures for detail. MEANS, JAMES. The Problem of Manflight. Boston: W.B. Clarke, 1894. 20 pp. 9 x 5¾ inches. Original printed yellow wrappers, the upper cover with illustration of Otto Lilienthal's glider flight of 1893. Chips to corners of wrappers, bookplate. There is writing in pencil on top (0-5) and stamped in upper right hand corner with faint Illinois stamp (poss U of Illinois?) Rare pamphlet on one of the turn of the century aviation pioneers. Previous copies have been auctioned in Europe. Price derived from previous auction final prices. Means was a Boston industrialist-turned-aviation promoter. His three Aeronautical Annuals, published from 1895 onwards, gathered together the most significant papers he could find on aeronautics, including the works of Hargrave, Lilienthal, Chanute, Langley, and many others. The present pamphlet shows Means' grasp of lift and aerodynamics, and closes with the line, "Aerial transit will be accomplished because the air is a solid if you hit it hard enough." Shipping cost includes insurance through USPS Priority Mail. Sold as is. See all pictures for detail. Great addition to your collection! THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AT OUR AUCTION. PLEASE CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS. WE GLADLY COMBINE SHIPPING TO REDUCE THE COST FOR THE BUYER. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Brown and Daughters II (brownie3405) [Brooklyn, New York, United States]
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