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Langley, Professor S.P.

"The 'Flying-Machine'" a fifteen page article in McClure's Magazine Vol. IX No. 2 [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

McClure's: np (New York) May-October 189 Illus., 9.5 x 7", 1/2 leather, marbled boards, floral endpapers, (558-1104pp). Front cover stained and almost detached, lacks most of spine cover, worn, inner/outer hinges cracked, text block cracked, very occasional spotting and small tears, small piece out of a side margin, pages 647-650 detached but present, lower corner of 731/732 lacking with minimal text interference, else good: Samuel Pierpont Langley was the third secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. While at the Smithsonian he developed a flying machine and worked on successive models trying to improve on what he had created. Tens of thousands of dollars were expended on the flying machines without being able to get it to fly, last attempt was in 1903 in early December, a few days later on December 17th the Wright Brothers achieved success. Some of the contents: Short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, serials by Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, poetry by James Whitcomb Riley and Walt Whitman, articles on Ulysses S. Grant (Civil War), Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland. Two other lengthy and interesting stories: "The Great Dynamite Factory At Ardeer" by H.J.W. Dam and "Life in the Klondike Gold Fields. Personal Observations of the Founder of Dawson" and recorded by J. Lincoln Steffens. Sold as is.

Book Id: 99-5176

Price: $35.00

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