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  • Newnes’ Slide Rule Manual

    Newnes’ Slide Rule Manual

    A 1960’s revised edition of the “go to” book on the slide rule produced and published by George Newnes, London.

    Octavo, 112 pages of slide rule lovers delight. Covers the … Principle of the Slide Rule; Principle of Logarithms; Using the Slide Rule; Examples; Circular Slide Rules etc. Very good condition albeit a little creasing to the otherwise good dust jacket.

    The Preface starts … “The slide rule is considered by many a mysterious instrument requiring years of study before it can be used with facility”.

    Within twenty years sophisticated electronic calculators and personal computers made the slide made the slide rule obsolete and an “antique” of the past. Pity … to use the slide rule properly a knowledge of mathematics was required …

    A very interesting “modern” curiosity … get your slide rule today.

    Slide rules and the mathematics that flows from them.

    $25.00

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  • Wings of Gold – How the Aeroplane Developed New Guinea – James Sinclair

    Wings of Gold – How the Aeroplane Developed New Guinea – James Sinclair

    No greater expert in his subject, James Sinclair’s formidable book about the exploration driven development of aviation in New Guinea. Covering the period from 1922 to 1942 during which New Guinea was the busiest place for aircraft movements anywhere in the world.

    Published by Robert Brown in 1983 in fine condition. Quarto, 326 pages a substantial book. Images to end papers and illustrated throughout with numerous period photographs, maps, facsimile documents etc. The aviation images are to die for.

    Expatriates will know the Leahy family and Jack Hides and pleased to see Frank Hurley standing on the Curtiss Seagull flying boat and a special image of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan just before they left Lae on their fateful attempt to cross the Pacific.

    Wings of Gold – Best book on the period vies with Sinclair’s Three Volume “Balus” as the best aviation book ever.

    $140.00

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  • Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Paraguay 1935

    Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Paraguay 1935

    A three stamp set 4.50, 9.00 and 13.50 Pesos over-stamped 1935. Originally issued on 6th May 1933 and designed by Rodolfo.

    Unused with slight evidence of light hinging on gum side (LH).

    Zeppelin stamp collecting is popular worldwide. Specialised catalogues exits on the subject.

    Price $60.00 the set … postage will be reduced to cost based on your location. Securely packed.

    We have a number of scarce Zeppelin stamps … we are happy to do a deal on multiple purchases.

    Graf Zeppelin celebrated in Paraguay.

    $60.00

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  • Special Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Greece 1933

    Special Graf Zeppelin Stamp Set – Greece 1933

    In 1933 Greece issued a set of stamps 30, 100 and 120 Drachma to commemorate the first flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Germany to Italy. The image is of the airship over the Acropolis. Here we have an example of each in unused condition with very light evidence of the use of hinges (LH) see scans.

    25,000 sets were issued on 2nd May 1933.

    Zeppelin stamp collecting is popular worldwide. Specialised catalogues exits on the subject.

    Price $120.00 the set … postage cost likely reduced dependent on your location. Safely packed.

    We have a collection of Zeppelin stamps and would be happy to do a deal on multiple items.

    Special Zeppelin flight commemorated and collectable.

    $70.00

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  • Special Aviation Item – Amy Johnson Commemorative – Queenslander Pictorial – June 1930

    Special Aviation Item – Amy Johnson Commemorative – Queenslander Pictorial – June 1930

    A special Queensland Pictorial published 5th June 1930 a photographic commemorative of the great Amy Johnson solo flight from England to Brisbane arriving Brisbane six days earlier. Large format, 16 pages of which 7 pages are devoted to Amy Johnson and a further 2 to contemporary aviators. Foxed and a one inch tear at the inner fold … excuse it for its rarity and special content.

    In 1928 Burt Hinkler from Bundaberg was the first man to fly solo from England to Australia. Charles Kingsford Smith later that year completed the first trans-Pacific flight.

    Amy Johnson had only one year’s flying experience when she set off in her green Gypsy Moth. She hoped to beat Hinkler’s 15 day record but was thwarted by trouble in Burma and Thailand where she had dodgy landings. She arrived in Australia first at Darwin on 24th May 1930 nineteen days after leaving London. To reach Brisbane she stoped at Cloncurry, Longreach, Quilpie, Charleville and Toowoomba. On the 29th May tens of thousands waited at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm for her arrival. Unfortunately she overshot hit a fence and crash landed.

    Despite the ungraceful ending she was feted as a heroine in Brisbane with civic receptions and massive crowds everywhere she went.

    Amy Johnson went on to do other aviation firsts but was sadly killed ferrying an RAF training plane in 1941.

    A special item of aviation and Queensland ephemera

    $90.00

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  • Attacker – The Hudson and its Flyers – Geoffrey Jones

    Attacker – The Hudson and its Flyers – Geoffrey Jones

    Published by Kimber, London a first edition 1980. Very good near fine condition. Octavo, 238 pages heavily illustrated with relevant images from photographs of the period.

    The Lockheed Hudson flew in five continents and was the first US aircraft into the RAF. Deadly against U-boats taking out a total of 24. Often flown on special missions dropping agents or picking up patriots from the jaws of the enemy. Guarded the beaches of Dunkirk.

    Superb book for the lover of good aircraft

    $30.00

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