Williams & Norgate, 1st ed., 1910. Xiii + 122 pp., 82 photo-ills., + ills. Red cloth ; 22 x 14cm. Light marking to boards o/w V.G. Published in 1910, this was the very first book to deal with actual aeroplane construction and it does so fully. The author was an eminent French engineer who had made a personal study of the methods of construction adopted by the great French firms and in 1910 it was universally recognised that France had no rival in aeroplane building although it was also foreseen that Britain was about to regain her lost lead. Chapter headings cover : General Principles of Aeroplane Design – Theory and Calculation ; Materials Used in Aeroplane Construction ; The Construction of Propellers ; The Arrangements for Starting and Landing; The Fuselage – Building-in the Motor – The Controls ; The Planes ; Motors : The Future ; The British "Green" Motor. The SCARCE First Edition of 1910.