Hildebrandt, A. | Airships Past and Present. Together with Chapters on the Use of Balloons in Connection with Meteorology, Photography and the Carrier Pigeon

  • First English language edition, first impression of this uncommon early work on airships by the Prussian Balloon Corps Captain A. Hildebrandt, originally published in Germany in 1906. Airships Past and Present covers in detail all aspects of ballooning and airships, including their history, operation by both amateurs and professionals, military uses, scientific investigations carried out at altitude, aerial photography, and the use of carrier pigeons. The author, in addition to his years of experience as a balloonist and instructor, has drawn on "a large number of sources that have not hitherto been accessible to the general reader", and included numerous photographic illustrations and engravings within the text.
  • Translated by W. H. Story. London: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd., 1908. Large octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board and airship design to upper board gilt. Numerous illustrations within the text. Cloth a little rubbed and scuffed, particularly at the corners and ends of spine, a few small spots and marks to cloth, contents faintly toned, spine a little cracked between pages 16 and 17 and pages 112 and 113. A very good copy.