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BARBER, Horatio.


With a Foreword by Major W. G. Kilner.

Published: New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1927

Stock code: 109616

Price: £475

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Revised US edition, third printing, of one of the earliest books on aerobatics, originally published in 1918; copies in the dust jacket are most uncommon. Captain Horatio Butler (1875-1964) was an aviation pioneer and flight instructor. In 1911 he flew the first cargo flight in Britain, transporting electric light bulbs from Shoreham to Hove, a distance of five and a half miles. He was also the first person in Great Britain to gain an aeronautical degree. This copy has an appealing and evocative provenance, bearing the neat ownership inscription (dated 1927) and book label of Ernest L. Zastrow (b. 1897), a Wisconsin resident who flew with 353rd Aero Squadron in France during the Great War; the endpapers have pasted to them a number of clippings from aviation magazines.

Quarto. Original olive green cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover. With the dust jacket. 29 monochrome plates. Price-clipped jacket toned and torn (with some loss), gilt rubbed from spine, otherwise a very good copy.

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