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Biblio booksellers have collected a large number of rare and antique aviation books, and they are available below in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Included in the collection are both large multi-volume sets and smaller books complete with original photographs and other ephemera. Many of the books have illustrations and ornate bindings, and any of these books could add value to your private rare and antique book collection. If you love the history of flight and flying, you should definitely peruse the featured rare and antique aviation books in the Biblio Rare Book Room.

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(1.) Royal Automobile Club Driver's Certificate. (2.)Regular Army Certificate of Service....

(1.) Royal Automobile Club Driver's Certificate. (2.)Regular Army Certificate of Service. ((3.) Personal Observer's and Gunners Flying Log Book

by Standring, Sgt. Gibbard Selkirk

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1932. 1934.1942. (1) in plain red boards. Illustrated with a small gravure of the author. 24mo. (2) in pictorial printed red boards. Faint RAC shield embossing to front cover. Various official stamps to internals. Handwritten bibliography in rear pocket. 12mo. (3) in titled blue cloth. Ruled pages as per contemporary log type. 8vo. Privileged and refined from the Oxbridge mill house, Sgt. G.S. Standring was typical of many pilots who fought the Battle of Britain. The three items herein presented composite to a brief tale of a young fellow caught up in the hurricane of history. In item (1) we see Standring was issued his Driver's Certificate from the Royal Automobile Club - Pall Mall - in December 1932. His photo accompanies this document. Item (2) presents his service record noting in great detail his 1934 enlistment, training and service with the prestigious Royal Horse Guards of the Household Cavalry - the renowned " Blues " - based at Combermere Barracks , Windsor. This… Read More
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Aviation Flight Log Books of W. E. Burdick, U. S. N. R

Aviation Flight Log Books of W. E. Burdick, U. S. N. R

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1926 - 1941 Imprinted cloth with clasp closures. 12mo. An unusual archive of one pilot's career from the Golden Age of Flight to the American entrance into the Second World War. Ensign Burdick joined the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Mechanic / Pilot in 1926. The following 15 years of his flying career are documented here in his Flight Log Books. Recounted are his notations of soloing, flying mail, machine deliveries, target towing, photographic, radio and armament training, torpedo recovery, crashes, cross-country flights, aircraft carrier take-off and landings and much more. Notations of machines flown include - N-9, NY-2, OL -6, OL-8, PS-3, PN-12, S-38, S-39, S-43, V-70 and many others. Flights in all areas of the U.S.A. are recorded as well as periods in Spain, Mexico, etc. Burdick also flew for the Sikorsky Corp. and many log pages bear their stamp. Also included with collection is Burdick's I.D. card w/ photo and Mechanic's license as well as a X-mas card from the Officers and Men at… Read More
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[Poster]: Victory Naval Aircraft Show. Commercial Museum

[Poster]: Victory Naval Aircraft Show. Commercial Museum

by CUBBERLEY, H.T.

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[Philadelphia]: Commercial Museum, 1919. Unbound. Near Fine. Approximately 15.5" x 11.5". Just about fine. Professionally mounted on linen. Signed in the plate by H.T. Cubberley, about whom we can find no additional information. Original poster for an exhibition of naval aircraft at Philadelphia's Commercial Museum in 1919. Various aircraft are depicted in flight. Possibly done in-house for the museum, we have only seen or heard of one other example (on blue paper), and presume it to be rare.
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Spirit of St. Louis. Den första atlantflygaren berättar
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Spirit of St. Louis. Den första atlantflygaren berättar

by LINDBERGH, Charles A.

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Stockholm: Albert Bonniers, 1955. Hardcover. Fine. First Swedish edition. Octavo. Fine in original full blue morocco by Nylén & Co., gilt-stamped upper cover and spine, publisher's slipcase. Printed in a limited but unspecified number (this is copy no. 155) Signed by Lindbergh. This copy additionally inscribed to "Lucile Wright from the Royal Swedish Aero Club in appreciation of her contribution to aviation. Stockholm, 6.9.1957, Nils Stirnberg." Lucile M. Wright was a famous American woman aviator, one of the original Ninety-Nines (pioneer women aviatrixes, as assembled by Amelia Earhart in 1929), and the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum in Jamestown, New York is named after her. This book, an account of the first solo nonstop flight between the United States and Europe in 1927, won for Lindbergh the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography. This is the only limited, signed edition published outside the United States.
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The Curtiss Standard JN-4B Military Tractor Hand Book
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The Curtiss Standard JN-4B Military Tractor Hand Book

by n/a

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San Anselmo, California
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Buffalo. Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation. 1917. Bound in imprinted green cloth over boards. Thin 8vo (5"x8"). The First Edition. Illustrated with diagrams, 3 of which are fold-outs,detailing the specs and assembly instructions for the airplane.Laid-into volume are two Request for Transportation receipts issued by the U.S. War Department and a period Morse Code Pocket Signal Disk. The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" was one of a series of "JN" biplanes built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company of Hammondsport, New York, later the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. Although the Curtiss JN series (the common nickname was derived from "JN") was originally produced as a training aircraft for the U.S. Army, the "Jenny" continued post-World War I as a civil aircraft as it became the "backbone of American post-war [civil] aviation.Thousands of surplus Jennys were sold at bargain prices to private owners in the years after the War and became central to the… Read More
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Pilot Training Manual for the P-38 Lightning
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Pilot Training Manual for the P-38 Lightning

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Washington D. C. Headquarters-U.S. Army Air Forces. 1944. Punch and clipbound in stylized titled coloured pictorial wrappers. Thin 4to. Classified "Restricted" and marked as such on each page. The December 1944, Original "Brown Cover" issue. Profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams, charts, etc. During its time, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was considered the most sophisticated aircraft Lockheed had ever built. In February 1937, the U.S. Army Air Corps released Specification X-608, a daunting requirement that called for speed, range, and climb capabilities impossible to achieve at that time with a single-engine aircraft. In Burbank, California, a Lockheed design team led by Hall Hibbard, and assisted by a young engineer named Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, immediately began a series of designs that would culminate in the contract-winning XP-38. Jim Gerschler became project engineer on the aircraft. The XP-38 (it was many months before it was… Read More
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[Cover Title]: Modern Searchlights. [Interior title]: Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Equipment
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[Cover Title]: Modern Searchlights. [Interior title]: Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Equipment

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Used - Near Fine
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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Croydon: The London Electric Firm, 1920. Softcover. Near Fine. Oblong quarto. Measuring 10" x 12". [38]pp. Cord tied printed flexible card wrappers. Light stains on the wrappers, one leaf has pulled loose, else near fine. Trade catalog for nautical, ground, and aviation searchlights. On the rectos of each leaf is a large photograph in color of a searchlight (on a few pages two photographs appear; one photo is uncolored) with a printed description of the searchlight on the facing page. Colorful and engaging. Rare. *OCLC* locates a single copy at the Henry Ford Museum, that is almost certainly the same or similar to this with 19 pages (we assume they mean leaves) and attributes the date of 1920. Although this copy is undated that seems a reasonable guess.
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BILL & MOYA LEAR. AN UNFORGETTABLE FLIGHT

BILL & MOYA LEAR. AN UNFORGETTABLE FLIGHT

by [ARMSTRONG, Neil; ALDRIN, Buzz; FORD, Gerald; et. al.] LEAR, Moya Olsen

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Used - Fine without dustwrapper, as issued
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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Reno, NV: Jack Bacon & Co., 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine without dustwrapper, as issued. Bound in half black leather and blue marbled boards. Illustrated with photographs. The story of the Lear Jet written by the widow of the founder in a personal, autobiographical manner. Of a total edition of 5000 copies, there were 26 lettered and signed copies and 20 Presentation copies given to the signers. This is Copy Z of the 26 lettered copies. It is SIGNED by the author, Moya Lear, with a pasted in signature of William Lear on a special page, and on the half-title page it is SIGNED by the first two men to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, President Gerald Ford, and test pilots Clay Long and Hank Beaird, who was the first Lear Jet pilot. In addition to creating the Lear Jet, William Lear also developed in 1930 the first working car radio, the rights which he sold to a company later called Motorola. An impressive collection of autographs, Armstrong is especially scarce in books. Laid… Read More
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Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon.  Introduction by Neil Armstrong.

Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon. Introduction by Neil Armstrong.

by Shepard, Alan & Deke Slayton.

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First Printing of the First US Edition
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A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Inscribed "To Chuck, Alan Shepard" on titlepage. On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation's most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA's effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the twentieth century's greatest feat—landing humans on another world. Collaborating with NBC's veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America's space exploration from the time of Shepard's first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.
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International Aviation Meet. Grant Park Chicago. Panoramic Post Card.
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International Aviation Meet. Grant Park Chicago. Panoramic Post Card.

by (Aviation) Max Rigo Selling Company

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Chicago, IL: Max Rigo, 1911. Folding panoramic postcard (290 x 195 mm). Professionally mounted, gazed, and framed using archival materials. Composite photographic image depicting the Chicago lakefront and early planes. The sender's and receiver's details filled out in black ink, and four landmarks noted on the image in the same hand. Marks from stamp, some toning and spotting of the verso, creasing and wear, particularly near the original folds (which are fragile) and at the corners and slightly affecting the image, small tape repair to one corner on the verso. Very good condition. A striking, oversized panoramic postcard photomontage depicting one of the most important aviation events prior to the First World War, the August 1911 International Aviation Meet at Grant Park in Chicago. The Chicago meet was the largest airshow held up to that time, only eight years after the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers. Over the course of nine days thirty-three amateur and professional aviators… Read More
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Popular Science Monthly, Complete Year Jan. - Dec. 1931
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Popular Science Monthly, Complete Year Jan. - Dec. 1931

by Including RARE First Reporting on Auguste Piccard's Record-Setting Hot Air Balloon Flight, entitled: "Ten Miles High in an Air-Tight Ball:"

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Used - Near Fine
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First Printings
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Paperback
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Bloomington, Indiana
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New York: Popular Science Publishing Company, 1931. 12 issues, the complete run for the year 1931. Very Good Plus to Near Fine, four with light wear at spine ends, pencil inscription front cover and ink inscription rear cover of January issue. The August issue of particular interest due to the first coverage of August Piccard and Paul Kipfer's hot air balloon expedition to the new height of 9.8 miles above the Earth's surface, thus becoming the first human beings to enter the stratosphere. A great time capsule of popular scientific thought, with numerous articles, photos, and advertisements, and those wonderful and colorful covers ! . First Printings. Magazine. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
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Popular Flying - Volume 1 Numbers 1 - 12 (April 1932 - March 1933) - Complete Bound Volume with...
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Popular Flying - Volume 1 Numbers 1 - 12 (April 1932 - March 1933) - Complete Bound Volume with original covers including the first Biggles story "The White Fokker"

by W.E JOHNS (William Earl JOHNS) / William EARLE

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Used - Very Good
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1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
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Complete bound Volume 1 (Numbers 1-12) of Popular Flying, preserving the original covers. Edited by W.E Johns, with significant contributions including illustrations and writing by him. Includes the first appearance of Biggles in the story "The White Fokker" (as well as a further short story as 'William Earle'). A total of 10 of these 12 issues contain Biggles stories, the early stories under the pen-name "William Earle". Very Good condition internally (protected by the binding), with bumping to lower corners of pages, and early cracking to front hinge. Externally, there is significant scraping to the boards and chipping/discolouration to the spine label. It is most uncommon for bound volumes to preserve the glorious original covers of these magazines.William Earl Johns (5 February 1893 – 21 June 1968) was an English pilot and writer of adventure stories, usually written under the pen name Captain W. E. Johns. He is best remembered as the creator of the ace pilot and adventurer Biggles.
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SOUVENIR BOOKLET; [Signed on front cover by all three pilots]
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SOUVENIR BOOKLET; [Signed on front cover by all three pilots]

by Earhart, Amelia; Wilmer Stultz, and Lou Gordon

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Middletown, Maryland
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Williamsburg, PA: [no-publisher], 1928. First edition. Scarce souvenir booklet published by Stultz's hometown of Williamsburg, PA, in commemoration of his historic trans-Atlantic flight June 17-18, 1928, with Lou Gordon and Amelia Earhart. Issued on the occasion of his "Home-coming Celebration" in Williamsburg on July 18, 1928. SIGNED ON FRONT COVER BY EARHART, GORDON, and STULTZ. 7.5 x 5.25" oblong cord-tied paperwraps with illustration of the soaring "Friendship" in red on front; 16 pages plus covers. The text covers Stultz's life and accomplishments in aviation and features black-and-white photographs including one of Amelia Earhart in flight gear on page 4. Two-page "Programme" of events at center details the planned arrival of the Friendship crew by train at 9:30 am followed by a Military Parade replete with marching bands "covering principal streets in the town" and over 2 hours of "Formal Exercises" introducing the pilots to the crowds, etc., before the planned departure of the fliers at 4:30… Read More
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Aerovoz revista mensual organo oficial de la federacion aerea nacional de cuba director calixto...
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Aerovoz revista mensual organo oficial de la federacion aerea nacional de cuba director calixto sanchez white 4 anos desde enero de 1954 hasta junio de 1957 director macario fernandez

by Juan ramon jimenez,calixto sanchez,antonio sanson casanova,richard fay warner,georgina roman,aristides vazquez nunez,raoul fournier villada,german arciniegas,eusebio mujal barniol,hindenburg dou menendez,jesus a puig,cesar cisneros,carlos davila,alfredo f

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Used - Very Good+
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1
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miami, Florida
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Aerovoz revista mensual organo oficial de la federacion aerea nacional de cuba director calixto sanchez white 4 anos desde enero de 1954 hasta junio de 1957 director macario fernandez coleccion en 2 volumenes.en muy buen estado,revista ilustrada.es una revista muy rara sobre la aviacion cubana de la republica.con interesantes articulos y resenas historicas y de la actualidad.
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The manager’s guide to NASA graphics standards
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The manager’s guide to NASA graphics standards

by Bruce Blackburn

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Tuebingen, Germany
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16 pages with numerous illustrations after photographs. Pub-lisher's illustrated stiff cardboards. 4to (280 x 215 mm).
First edition of this brochure, illustrating the modernising of NASA's logo in many fields by the New York design studio Danne & Blackburn, with examples of printed publications and other advertising matter, graphic illustrations on cars, planes, and rockets, sign boards of all shapes, publicity in newspapers and commercials and on television programmes. It was in use from 1975-1992 and reinstated in 2020. Fine.
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