2nd ed., 1910. 327 + 16 pp., frontis., 31 photo-plates + 41 diagrams. Red cloth; gilt armorial to front; gilt; 20 x 13cm. 1 corner bumped; front hinge slightly tender o/w V.G. Published in 1910 this is an early and uncommon account of the development of aeronautics. Chapters include: The Desire to Conquer the Air. History of Ballooning. Principles of Ballooning. Dirigible Balloons. History of Mechanical Flight. Principles of Mechanical Flight. Sensations During Ballooning. The Aerial Ocean. Navigation of the Air. Special Charts and Landmarks. Long-Distance Flight – Exploration, Past and Future. Military and Naval Aeronautics. Strategy and Aerial Invasion. Aerial Law. Limitations of Flight. Aeronautical Equipment – Photography, Etc. Lessons in Flight. Work to be Done. The New Industry. Effect on Society. Typical Flying-Machines and Dirigible Balloons. Generously illustrated with a total of 32 photographs and 41 diagrams. An early account from 1910 of aeronautics. Uncommon.