FIVE PATENTS RELATING TO AVIATION. Boston, Mass. James Means, n.d. . 21.5x15 cm, pp. [1-7] [8: blank] (not paginated), original light green wrappers printed in black, stapled. First edition. Description of five patents granted to James Means, 25 May 1909: No. 922,709, signaling apparatus and Nos. 922,710-922,713, launching apparatus, types A though D. Means was an early proponent of heavier than air flying machines. He edited THE AERONAUTICAL ANNUAL, 1895-1897, three compilations of outstanding writings on aeronautics, which, according to the Wright Brothers, "were largely responsible for the active interest which led us to begin experiments in aeronautics." Accompanied by a separate printing of a description of Patent no. 922,709, "Partial Description of Signaling Apparatus for Aerial Machines," n.d. ,  pages, self wrappers, stapled, with text printed in English, French and German. Wrapper edges faded, upper fore-edge corners of text leaves dog-eared , a very good copy. Accompanying pamphlet is fine. (#166674).
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