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  • The Polar Adventure – First Edition 1929 – Odd Arnesen The “Italia” Tragedy Seen at Close Quarters

    The Polar Adventure – First Edition 1929 – Odd Arnesen The “Italia” Tragedy Seen at Close Quarters

    A first English edition published by Victor Gollancz, London in 1929. Translated from Norwegian by Asta and Rowland Kenney.

    Original orange cloth covered boards no dust jacket. Large octavo, 158 pages with 24 full page excellent illustrations from photographs. Boards aged, with sun fading, rubbing and marks in parts. Foxing in the end papers and page edges and some odd marks otherwise reasonably clean. Still acceptable enough copy of scarce and very interesting first edition often found quite tired. Priced accordingly.

    Well written and as we say with excellent photographs. The tragedy of the Italia, a semi-rigid airship belonging to the Italian Air Force. In 1928 General Umberto Nobile crashed during the return from the North Pole. The rear engine mechanic, Vincenzo Pomella died in the crash, which separated most of the control cabin from the envelope. Six members of the crew were carried away with the envelope that floated off once separated, never to be seen again. Finn Malmgren died trekking for help and nine “rescuers” died in a series of rather un-coordinated rescue attempts. Among the lost rescuers was Polar hero Roald Amundsen who went missing in a plane flying to Spitsbergen to take part in the rescue operations.

    The book contains good detail of background, the manner of operation of the airship, the successes and “the failure” and the ensuing rescue attempts and aftermath. The story was made into a film in 1969 titled “The Rent Tent”. The Spitsbergen Airship Museum displays many items connected to the event.

    One of the great North polar Adventures and Tragedies with the loss of seventeen men including Amundsen

    $50.00

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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.

    $90.00

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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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