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The Flyleaf                                                                                                       June   2016
The Monthly Newsletter of the IOBA
The Flyleaf: The monthly newsletter of the IOBA!

Douglas Adams wrote, in Life, the Universe and Everything: 

"The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "
or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to
throw yourself at the ground and miss."

Now that we're firmly planted in the 21st century, it's strange to think that the history of heavier-than-air flight is just over 110 years old.

(Yes, this is simplistic - and I'm counting from the
1903 flight of the Wright Brothers. I know that the history
of objects being held up in the air by whatever means is
 far, far older, but I'm trying to make a point here .)

In that 110 years, man has made remarkable strides in technological advances that toss humans up in the air and help them miss the ground. In only 6 years we went from simply getting wheels off the ground for seconds at a time to a complete flight across the the English Channel; twenty-four years after 1903 a man crossed the entire Atlantic Ocean. In 1947 - less than three score years -  Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound.  And now, 113 years after Kitty Hawk, preparations are being made to host passenger flight into outer space. What amazing progress! And it seems as if it has happened in the blink of an eye!

As you probably guessed, this month's topic is Aviation.


The Boys' Book of Airships

New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1909.) First edition. Very good+ in blue illustrated boards, sturdy binding with reinforced hinges, some rubbing to the lettering at the bottom of the front cover and a little wear to the ends of the spine, but overall bright and attractive. Includes sections on balloons, dirigibles and other airships and heavier than air machines - kites, gliders and aeroplanes, with a focus on the history and early experiments in many countries, including those of Zeppelin, Santos-Dumont and the Wrights. With 93 illustrations, most on glossy inserted plates

The Anatomy of an Airline

Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., 1950. First Edition, Stated. Cloth. Very Good/good +. 233p. Signed by author on front endpaper. Front hinge has brown spots, top and bottom of spine bumped and lightly worn, jacket spine and edges sunned with a few small tears to edges. "[T]races the rise of National Airlines from its earliest beginnings as a local mail service in 1934 to its present position as one of the most successful lines in the sky."

Dead Horse

Lettered limited, first edition 1st printing, Fine unread book in Fine dust jacket and slipcase. This book is FFFF of 104 lettered copies. Bound in quarter morocco and marbled boards. Signed by Satterthwait on the limitation page. Satterthwait's fictional account of how Black Mask writer Raoul Whitfield might have gotten away with murdering his socialite wife, Emily Vanderbilt Whitfield at their ranch near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The Legacy of the DC-3

Wind Canyon Pub, 1996. Book. Near Fine. Soft cover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. Oversized softcover. Near fine condition, light crease down spine. Author's inscription and signature and date glued in on separate paper on title page. First edition, first printing. A comprehensive look at how the DC-3 was used and it's place in history. They are still being flown to airshows..

First Over Everest!
London:: John Lane,, 1933. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. First Edition [English]. Illustrated with folding charts and numerous plates, one of which is in 3-D, to be viewed with lenses contained in a pocket on the rear pastedown. 279 pages. Bindings tight with a minor shelf lean. Text clean. Light shelf handling. Lacks Dust jacket-----Has 3-D glass in rear envelop -----An account of the more ambitious aeronautical flights of the early twentieth century, the Houston-Mount Everest expedition. Flying in formation higher than any before the first flight over Mount Everest in 1933, was in a Westland PV-3 biplane. The extremity endured by the crews of these aeroplanes helped demonstrate the need for pressurized cabins in modern aircraft. It was also the first detailed and scientific survey of the Himalaya region. Indirectly, the expedition resulted in the formation of Scottish Aviation Ltd (now part of BAE Systems).------ A film, Wings over Everest, by Ivor Montagu and Geoffrey Barkas, was made of the record-setting flight. ----

Tally -Ho! Yankee in a Spitfire

190 pp. 8vo. 'The Immortal speech of Winston Churchill to Parliament in 1940 as the Battle of Britain raged above the skies of England is well-known: 'The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen, who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'. However not all of the pilots that flew in the Battle of Britain were actually from the U.K.; many came from the Dominions; Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa or nations overrun by the Nazis; Poles, Czechs, Free French. So direly needed was every pilot that a blind eye was turned on the nationality of the applicant for Fighter Command; one such man was Arthur 'Art' Donahue, an American hailing from the corn fields of Minnesota. Donahue was a humble and unprepossessing man, but despite his self-effacing nature his bravery in joining 'The Few' during their time of greatest need is a testament to his keen sense of justice. Having been a pilot for some years before joining he was almost immediately thrown into the front line fighting and in short order downed a BF 109, the 'ratlike' Messerschmidt that hunted the skies. His luck did not hold for long in the frenzied fighting in the skies as he was shot down and badly burnt facially. Amazingly he decided after a brief recuperation to get 'back in the saddle' and was flying again with 64 Squadron in the melee in the air. His recounts his experiences with wit, humility and frank honesty; a valuable historical memoir of one of the famous airmen that saved Britain, it is all the more poignant as two years later he was shot down over the English Channel and his body was never recovered.'

Pilot - Take Charge

Glascow: Brown, Son & Ferguson. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. Text is clean. Cover shows normal wear. Dust jacket shows some edge wear, light chipping at spine. States First Printed 1956.

The Spirit of St Louis

New York: Scribner's Sons.. , 1953 Excellent Presentation Copy of the First Trade Edition, First Issue with "A" on the copyright page. A beautiful example in dust wrapper & custom slipcase. Inscribed neatly on the Title Page by Lindbergh prior to publication - "To Howard O. ________ / With best wishes / Charles A. Lindbergh / Sept. 1953". Lindbergh has written: "The publication date is September 14th" at the bottom of the page. One of a handful of important Author's advance copies inscribed prior to publication. The dust wrapper is clean & bright - the binding is tight & fresh & professionally re-cased [virtually impossible to tell, even to the expert eye], the illustrated endpapers are clean & the contents without stray markings, slightly marred by a small if unpleasant but rather harmless stain on the front edge which shows light use. A very good or better, very desirable presentation copy of Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography. A seminal book about early aviation, the war, & "lucky Lindy's" amazing accomplishments; like piloting the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 Quite uncommon in this rare presentation state.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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Until Next Month...

I'm glad we humans have figured out the knack of flying.

And even though the seats are now more cramped, the pack of peanuts smaller, the restrooms are as strange as ever, and the list of items you can't take on board has grown exponentially, I still enjoy throwing myself up in the air and missing the ground - because the view from up there is extraordinary.

In the make things easier department:

Here's the theme for next month's Newsletter:

Essays, Diaries & Letters

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