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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.
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.