Batsford, 1st ed., 1953. 304 pp., frontis., + 159 photo & other plates + ills. D.j., 22 x 15cm. D.j., a little chipped in places, traces of a label removed from f.e.p. (blank) o/w V.G. This attractive Batsford history, illustrated with 160 plates, presents a detailed record of flying from Icarus to the threshold of the interplanetary rocket. The author describes the development of ballooning, gliding, airships and the aeroplane, in terms of writers, inventors and airmen, always keeping in mind the theory of flight and explaining its practical application at each stage.