In this classic account, Charles Gibbs-Smith traces the story of aviation from the invention of the kite in China to the beginnings of the jet age. In particular, the book gives a lovingly reconstructed account of the experiments, disasters and successes in many countries which culminated in the achievement of a genuine flying machine by the Wright brothers in the United States. A large part of Gibbs-Smith’s story also covers the early years of aviation before 1914. This period, rich in eccentric characters and extraordinary efforts, laid the foundation for future progress.
A 1953 First Edition, hardcover with blue cloth cover, gilt lettering and clipped dust cover. The dust jacket has some wear and tear to the edges and some rubbing, foxing and toning which can be seen throughout the book but the text and black and white illustrations are clean and legible.
There is a previous sellers sticker on the inside front cover. The book will be covered in plastic to protect against any further damage.
Published by B.T. Batsford Ltd, London.
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