Publisher: Whittaker & Co, London;
Date of Publication: 1909
Stock Code: 5199
SECOND EDITION. Octavo. xv, , 176 pp. 95 figures in text including sketches, photographs, diagrams and tables. Publishers’ deep pink cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board. Cover cloth patchily sunned and stained with minor wear at spine tips and corners and deep score-mark across centre of upper board. Inner front hinge cracked but holding; lacks ffep; rfep toned. Half-title soiled and loose top 3 inches; scattered fingermarking. No annotation or inscriptions. A Good copy.
Aeronautical classic recounting the Author’s own experiments with flight as a pioneering aviator. Maxim (1840-1916) is best known for his automatic portable machine gun; he also invented other contraptions including a mousetrap and curling irons. His aeroplanes were never a success, apart from the popular fairground ride the “Captive Flying Machine”, one of which is still in operation at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.