McBride, Nast & Co., New York, 1st ed., 1917. 156 pp., plates + diagrams. Original green cloth ; 25 x 15cm. Minimal typical light wear to covers ; 2 previous owner's sigs., 1 is dated 1917 by Flight Sub-lieut. Percy W. Cunliffe, R.N. and has pasted to the f.f.e.p., a small blue, raised R.N.A.S. crest ; V.G. The author, having had eight years' experience in designing, building and flying aeroplanes write this book, firstly, to "help the ordinary man understand the Aeroplane and the joys and troubles of its Pilot" and, secondly, "to produce something of practical assistance to the Pilot and his invaluable assistant the Rigger." The Prologue appeared in the Field of May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th 1916 and is reprinted here constituting the first 54 pages of this book and divided into 4 parts : The Elementary Principles Air Their Grievances ; The Principles, Having Settled Their Differences, Finish the Job ; The Great Test ; Cross Country. The main chapters in the book follow on : Flight ; Stability and Control ; Rigging ; Propellers ; Maintenance ' Types of Aeroplanes ; Glossary. SCARCE FIRST EDITION 1917.