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Charts of the Atmosphere for Aeronauts and Aviators 1st Edition
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Rotch established the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory just outside of Boston and was Harvard's first professor of meteorology. A friend of the Wright Brothers, he was an early believer in the ultimate success of mechanical flight and was one of the founders of the Aero Club of America.
In the introduction to this title, Rotch starts by saying "Although the exploration of the air...was undertaken for the elucidation of meteorological problems, yet much of the data obtained is of importance for the new art of aerial navigation." This volume was published only eight years after the Wright brothers initial success and interestingly, from our modern perspective, the infancy of flight is highlighted by Chart I showing the greatest elevation by an aeroplane being a mere two miles! Rotch continues, "The following charts...are believed to be the first of the kind adapted to the use of airmen." David, Powells.com
New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1911 9 ¼"x11 ½", 97 pp. 24 charts, ex-library, black cloth gilt stamped on front cover, spine is blank except for white call numbers. Stated first edition, first thousand. Triangular bookplate of aviation consultant and noted collector William A. M. Burden on front paste down. Front end paper has rectangular "Aeronautic Library Inc." bookplate, both front and back end papers have library stamp of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences. A little wear at extremities, text and charts slightly browned at edges but still very clean.
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