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[ Horace Mills, humorous poet, on First World War Zeppelins. ] Autograph Letter Signed accompanying a printed handbill poem titled 'Disturbed', describing how his peaceful pipe-smoking was disturbed by the 'Zepps'.

Horace Mills (1864-1941), author of humorous and children's verse [ Zeppelins in the First World War ]
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Letter from Gunton Cottage, Bennett Park, Blackheath, S.E. [ London ] 26 November 1916. Handbill poem without date or place.

Both letter and poem are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with a little rust spotting on each from the paperclip that attached them. ONE: Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed lady. 1p., 12mo. He thanks her for liking his 'humble verses', and invites her to drop him a line 're their fate'. TWO: Handbill poem, printed on one side of a 12mo piece of grey paper. Titled 'DISTURBED' and signed in type at end 'HORACE MILLS'. The poem is twenty lines long, and arranged in five four-line stanzas.

[ 'The Dirigible Balloon' game. ] Printed instructions, in French, for 'un nouveau jeu instructif' titled 'Le Ballon Dirigeable', with reference to 'le comte Zeppelin', 'Santos Dumont', the 'Freres Wright' and the 'major de Parseval'.

'Le Ballon Dirigeable', French game [ Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin; Alberto Santos-Dumont; Wright brothers; August von Parseval]
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French. Unattributed and undated (pre-First World War?).

1p., 8vo. On cheap paper stock. Aged, and with chipping and closed tears to extremities. Stamped on the reverse by the Paris bookseller C. F. Labarre (fl. 1970). Printed in the bottom left-hand corner: 'No. 6012.' 37 lines of text.

[Pamphlet] On Aerial Locomotion

M.P.W. Boulton
On Aerial Locomotion
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London: Bradbury & Evans, 11 Bouverie Street, 1864
On Aerial Locomotion

Seven pages, 8vo, sewn as issued, very good condition, with additional leaf inserted (one printed page), edges staine. The insertion is a Postscript on gun cotton. Two copies on COPAC.

Parseval Airships; Stamped addressed photographic postcard.

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Dimensions 14 centimeters by 9 centimeters. In good condition, although grubby and with creasing to one corner and ink from postmark along one edge. Sepia photograph of airborne balloon with a tangle of guyropes and mass of people beneath it. Hangars in background. The airship pioneer August von Parseval (1861-1942) worked in partnership with the engineer Hans Bartsch von Sigsfeld and the businessman August Riedinge. The "Dragonballoons" (Drachenballone), which he designed for military observation, are predecessors of the present-day blimp.

Commemorative card "In Sacred Memory of the Officers, Crew and Passengers of the British Airship R.101 which crashed in France on Sunday Morning OCT. 5th 1930 with a loss of 48 lives . . ."

[ Airship disaster ; R101 ]
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Card, 4 pages, c.4 x 3", signs of wear but mainly good condition. First page a device of a cross in flowers and the phrase "Thy Will be done"; second page image of airship with a brief account of the disaster; thrid page "In Sacred Memory . . ." as above; fourth page a list of the men who died.

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