AIRSHIP

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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'.

Author: 
Horace Mills (1864-1941), author of humorous and children's verse [ Zeppelins in the First World War ]
Publication details: 
Letter from Gunton Cottage, Bennett Park, Blackheath, S.E. [ London ] 26 November 1916. Handbill poem without date or place.
£80.00

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'.

Author: 
'Le Ballon Dirigeable', French game [ Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin; Alberto Santos-Dumont; Wright brothers; August von Parseval]
Publication details: 
French. Unattributed and undated (pre-First World War?).
£50.00

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

Author: 
M.P.W. Boulton
On Aerial Locomotion
Publication details: 
London: Bradbury & Evans, 11 Bouverie Street, 1864
£250.00
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.

Author: 
"PARSEVAL AIRSHIPS" [ DRACHENBALLON ]
Publication details: 
1898
£100.00

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 . . ."

Author: 
[ Airship disaster ; R101 ]
Publication details: 
[1930]
£65.00

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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