London: Methuen & Co., 1915. [Aviation] FIRST EDITION. Small octavo (17 x 11cm), pp. x; 115 . With a photographic frontispiece, and 26 further photographic illustrations. Publisher's green cloth, with titles in gilt to spine, and blind to upper. Offsetting to fly-leaves; lightly toned throughout. Heavy offsetting, possibly from a newspaper clipping, to pp.46/47. Slightly cocked, with sunning to spine and titles dulled almost to nothing. A clean, presentable copy. Very good. Gertrude Bacon was the first English woman to fly in a balloon (1898), the first woman to fly in an airship (1904), the first English woman to fly in an aeroplane (1910), and the first woman to fly in a seaplane (1912). Her credentials for writing this early popular guide to powered flight (including notes on the use of planes in the Great War) were therefore impeccable, as was her sense of humour, evidenced by an entertaining article in the Strand Magazine for December 1912 titled "Pigs that Fly", in which the characters of pilots are judged by their ability to draw pigs while blindfolded. Item #59487
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