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    Sale 2013

    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

    17 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 5

    [AERONAUTICS]. -- GLAISHER, James (1809-1903). Travels in the Air. London: Richard Bentley, 1871.

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    [AERONAUTICS]. -- GLAISHER, James (1809-1903). Travels in the Air. London: Richard Bentley, 1871.

    4o (253 x 160 mm). Frontispiece and 11 lithographic plates, illustrated throughout with woodcuts (many full-page). Original scarlet pictorial beveled cloth, gilt, uncut (spine darkened, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Nathaniel Lindley (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION. "... the Balloon should be received only as the first principle of some aerial instrument which remains to be suggested. In its present form it is useless for commercial enterprise, and so little adapts itself to our necessities that it might drop into oblivion tomorrow, and we should miss nothing from the conveniences of life."

    [With:]

    LANGLEY, Samuel Pierpont (1834-1906). Experiments in Aerodynamics. Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, 801. Washington D.C.: The Smithsonian Institute, 1891. 4o. 10 plates (some double-page), diagrams throughout. Original green cloth, gilt. FIRST EDITION. An early pioneer of aviation Langley's "first aircraft were small models powered by twisted rubber strands driving propellers. By the fall of 1891, he was planning much larger models, with wingspans of up to fourteen feet, that would be powered by lightweight steam engines" (DSB). -- LANGLEY, Samuel Pierpont and Charles M. MANLY. Langley Memoir of Mechanical Flight: Part I. 1887 to 1896... Part II. 1897-1903. Washington D.C.: The Smithsonian Institute, 1911. 4o. Illustrated throughout. Original green cloth, gilt (extremities just touched). FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY. -- MILLER, Francis Trevelyan. The World in the Air. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. 2 volumes, 4o. Illustrated throughout. Original blue cloth, gilt, uncut (spines a bit faded). FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED by Miller on the recto of the first blank "Autographed copy. With regards of the historian Francis Trevelyan Miller." - SÄNGER, Eugen. Raketen-Flugtechnik. Munich and Berlin: R. Oldenbourg, 1933. 8o. 92 illustrations in the text. Moderna grey cloth, portion of original wrapper loosely inserted. Provenance: Alexandre Ananoff (presentation inscription from the author); Frederick Ordway III (bookplate). FIRST EDITION, ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED by the author on the title-page to Russian-born French advocate of space-flight Alexandre Ananoff, founding member of the International Astronautical Federation, and author of l'Astronomique in 1950. (6)


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