London: Cassell, 1911. First Edition. Illustrated with thirteen black & white photographs (including one with the ‘Beta’ airship) and six diagrams. With a front cover illustration of the early French aviator Roger Sommer at the controls of his Farman biplane with Gertrude Bacon as his passenger. In August of 1909 Ms. Bacon became the first reported English woman to fly, at Rheims with Sommer piloting; the story of which is included in this book. A used and lightly foxed copy with 1” pieces missing from the top and bottom of the spine and with some occasional pitting to the cloth, mostly on the rear board, and some wear to the extremities without dust jacket as issued. (Inventory #: 12640E)
Literature, Performing Arts, Autographs, Manuscripts, Rare Cinema Material, Literary First Editions
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