Otto Lilienthal

Birdflight as the Basis of Aviation. A Contribution towards a System of Aviation. Compiled from the Results of Numerous Experiments made by O. and G. Lilienthal.

Published: London: Longmans, Green, and Co.

Date: 1911

8vo. xxiv, 142, (1 advt)pp. 8 folding plates and numerous text illustrations including photographs. Contemporary half calf prize binding by Bain of London in excellent condition. Internally very good apart from some foxing to endpapers. Inscribed to Mr. Sutcliffe, Mr. Peter Scott and other members of Bristol Gliding Club. This book is being sold on behalf of Bristol Gliding Club.

Lilienthal was the first to successfully control a heavier than air aircraft in sustained flight. After a studying of birdflight he recognized the superiority of curved wing surfaces and developed a theory of flight. In 1889 he published in German the first edition of this book. He designed, built, and flew a series of gliders until his death in a flying accident in 1896. Learning of his death, the Wright Brothers became inspired to investigate the problem of human flight. Lilienthal had a tremendous influence on the Wrights, who considered him their hero. They carefully studied his work, developed their own theories and designs, and invented the aeroplane. A second German edition of the book was published in 1910 from which this first English edition was translated.


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