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New York, Washington, DC: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. [Borozi Book], and Smithsonian Books, 1995. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Format is approximately 9.25 inches by 11.25 inches. 432 pages. Over 500 illustrations (many in color). I: Bright Lamps, Bold Adventure: 1846-1878; Chapter One: A Gift; Chapter Two; A Hole in the Floor; Chapter Three: To the Territories; Chapter Four: Centennial; II: Universe: 1879-1949; Chapter Five: The Americans; Chapter Six: Icarus on the Mall; Chapter Seven: A Voice from the Cambrian; Chapter Eight: Celestial, Terrestrial.; III: The Living Museum: 1950-1996; Chapter Nine: Stirring; Chapter Ten: A Wind in the Attic; Chapter Eleven: Noon over the Mall; and Chapter Twelve: Continuum. Also contains Acknowledgments, Picture Credits, and Index. James Conaway is a former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, and the author of thirteen books, including, The Smithsonian, Napa: The Story of an American Eden, the nonfiction bestseller about the wine country and those responsible for California’s winemaking triumphs, and its sequel, The Far Side of Eden. He is the author of the novels Nose, The Big Easy and World’s End. Conaway has written for multiple magazines, among them Harper’s, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Saveur, Gourmet, and National Geographic Traveler. Truly, the Smithsonian is a university in the purest sense--a place that seeks to make everything comprehensible. Its progress toward this noble goal is richly documented in Conaway's narrative, which puts the proper emphasis on the offbeat characters whose escapes and endeavors have made the Smithsonian what it is today.
Hamilton, MT: Eagle Editions, Ltd., 1999. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Trade paperback. The format is approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches. 71,  pages. Illustrated covers. Illustrations (many in color). Selected Bibliography. As a historian, Jerry Crandall s main interest is WWII, specifically the air war over Europe. Due to his extensive study and the need for this valuable information to be preserved Crandall has created numerous paintings, prints and has written several books on this topic. Jerry Crandall’s special love of history, fascination for artifacts and an honest dedication to research, bring reality into each of his paintings. His creations sparkle with clear realism, are painstakingly rendered, possess underlying technical accuracy and strive for historical authenticity. Jerry was born in La Junta, Colorado, near Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail. Because of his expertise on the American West, he served as Historical Consultant for early segments of the television series “Centennial” and for the Charlton Heston Movie, “The Mountain Men”. He appeared in the movie “Tombstone” as one of the Cowboys, and has been a guest on several radio and television shows across the country. In addition he has served as actor and consultant for various shows that have appeared on the A&E Network, Discovery and The History Channel. Feature articles about Jerry and his work have appeared in numerous publications including Southwest Art, Art Voices South, Wetern Art Collector, Art of the West, True West, Cowboys & Indians, Man at Arms, Prints, Air Classics and more. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America among others, he is also listed in Contemporary Western Artists. His pieces can be found in many private as well as public collections. Numerous organizations claim his membership including the American Mountain Men. He holds associate memberships in several additional groups as well. Over the years, Jerry has amassed a large collection of artifacts, period photos, clothing, holsters, saddles and more, all of which are used as research material for his paintings. He is an avid collector, an intense historian and a talented artist — an electrifying union producing thrilling, rich expressions of history. Over 50 of his paintings have been reproduced in limited edition collector prints in both the Western Art and Aviation Art venues, a number of which are now sold out commanding collector secondary market prices. Jerry Crandall and his wife Judy made their home in the mountains of Montana. Jerry passed away June 12, 2022 due to covid complications. R.I.P. Jerry Crandall.
Canton, OH: Davidson Publishing Company, 1969. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. Format is approximately 7.25 inches by 10.25 inches. , 281,  pages. Illustrations. Map. Ink notation in the title page. DJ quite worn with tears (some repaired with tape) and small pieces missing. Account of five determined men who found witnesses and tangible evidence on Saipan in the Mariana Islands that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were captured and executed by the Japanese before World War II. The author had been a writer since grade school. In addition to a long and successful career as a veterinian, he succeeded as an author and was noted ofr Horsemen's Veterinary Adviser, All Horse Races Are Fixed, and this impressive work on Amelia Earhart.
New York: Random House, 1969. First Printing. 231, illus., chapter notes, binding cracked at p. 151, lib stamps, pocket, & barcode, endpapers wrinkled & large rough spots transfer from plastic sleeve (no longer present) inside endpapers, binding shaken, boards scuffed, board edges and corners worn. The Americanmission in April 1943 to intercept Admiral Yamamoto, the commander in chiefof the Japanese navy, at Bougainville.
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1931. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 114,  pages. Color frontis. Footnotes. 25 plates. 4 Figures. Illustrations. 6 Folding-plates. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Preface. Introduction--The State of Aeronautical Science at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century. Chapters entitled: I. William Samuel Henson (1805-1888); II. John Stringfellow (1799-1883); III. The "Aerial Steam Carriage"; IV. The Formation of the "Aerial Transit Company"; V. The experiments of 1844-1877; VI. Stringfellow's Experiments of 1848 and the First Model Flights; CII. The later Work of John Stringfellow; VIII. Note on F. H. Stringfellow; IX. Apparatus and Records in the Science Museum; X. Conclusion; Appendices A: Henson's Patent Specification of 1842; B. The Agreement between Henson and Stringfellow, 1843. Front cover somewhat bowed, with some wear and soiling. Henson and Stringfellow are frequently mentioned in books on the history of aviation. The Royal Aeronautical Society holds annual "Henson-Stringfellow" lectures; as of 2008 they have held 52. The Aerial's wings were rectangular, and were formed by wooden spars covered with fabric, and braced, internally and externally, with wires. The Aerial Steam Carriage was to be powered by two contra-rotating six-bladed propellers mounted in the rear in a push-type system. The design follows earlier "birdlike" gliders, and the ideas of George Cayley, and Henson corresponded with Cayley in an attempt to obtain funding. The Aerial Transit Company never built the largest version of the Aerial Steam Carriage. Henson, Stringfellow, Marriott and Colombine dissolved the company around 1848.