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[Guynemer] Henry Bordeaux, GUYNEMER: Knight of the Air. VG. Lacks dust jacket (rarely seen). Corners just worn through to paper. Light rubbing & several small water spots to front cover. Edges lightly worn, with light flaking to top layer of paper, especially to head & heel of spine (which are otherwise not chipped or torn). Pictorial teal boards titled in gilt and illustrated in blue on the front & rear cover & spine, showing a view of the Seine in Paris. A small French tricolor label on spine (present on all copies of this edition) is pretty well bleached out. Gilt to top page edges (faded).
~~~ (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1918). First American Edition. Translated from the French by Louise Morgan Sill. Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. Illustrated with a color frontispiece portrait by Rudolph Ruzicka and 4 black & white plates by W.A. Dwiggins. 256 pages


Franks, Norman, and Frank Bailey, THE STORKS: The Story of France's Elite Fighter Groupe de Combat 12 (Les Cigognes) in WWI . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Grub Street, 1998). Photographs, appendices, glossary, bibliography, index, 160 pages.

~~~ "Born during the horrendous Battle of Verdun in 1916, The Storks became France's premier fighting group in World War I.
~~~ Initially comprising the Escadrilles N3, N26, N73 N103 and under the leadership of Felix Brocard, GC12 counted among its fighter pilots most of the big French aces of the war - Guynemer, Fonck (the allied ace of aces with 75 victories), Heurteaux, Deullin, de Sevin, Bozon-Verdurez and many more. It also had several American Lafayette volunteers amongst its ranks, notably Frank Baylies, Edwin Parsons, Bert Hall and Charles Biddle.

~~~ Appendices list as complete a roster of GC12 pilots as can be found, lists of bases used, victories achieved and losses sustained. There are also more than 80 photographs of pilots and aircraft depicting men and machines of the Groupe, and side view drawings of aircraft and their markings by Greg Van Wyngarden." British import.


Franks, Norman, and Frank Bailey, OVER THE FRONT: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918 . (Grub Street, 1992). Photographs, biographical and claim notes, bibliography, maps, 230 pages. 384 pages. Companion volume to Above the Trenches, 400 biographies, awards with citations, where possible, and full list of claims by date, time and location with type of plane flown.


Franks, Norman, and Christopher Cony, FRENCH AIR SERVICE WAR CHRONOLOGY, 1914-1918: Day-to-Day Claims and Losses by French Fighter, Bomber and Two-Seat Pilots on the Western Front. (Grub Street, 1999). Photographs, 336 pages. "This is a companion volume to the Jasta War Chronology, published by Grub Street in 1998. Frank Bailey, an acknowledged expert on French aviation during this period, has created as detailed a list as is possible covering all the claims and losses of the French fighter force on a day by day basis. Unlike their British counterparts, the French did not credit pilots with kills if they could not be confirmed, although they acknowledged 'probable kills'. Confirmed and probable claims are all listed, therefore, along with the escadrille the pilot flew with and the pilot's running total of confirmed victories"



click to enlarge [Nieuport] Gerard Pommier, NIEUPORT. NEW copy, hardcover. 6X9. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 150 b&w photographs, line drawings. 216 pages.
~~~ This new biography of Edouard Nieuport, written by his grandson G?rard Pommier, details the brilliant solutions he applied to cycling and automobiles before turning to aircraft later made famous by pilots of nearly all Allied nations in the First World War. Described are the achievements of this extraordinarily talented engineer (who died at age thirty-six), of his brother Charles (killed less than two years later), and of the splendid company bearing their name, which at one time led the world in airplane production, and continued its activity until 1936. The book is enhanced by many unpublished photographs from the Nieuport/Pommier archives.


click to enlarge Opdycke, Leonard E., FRENCH AEROPLANES BEFORE THE GREAT WAR. NEW copy, hardcover. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 840 b&w photographs, line drawings. 288 pages.
~~~ French Aeroplanes Before the Great War is a catalog of the aeroplanes of the nearly 700 French builders who worked before the onset of World War I. Most of these aeroplanes flew, some did not, some were never even finished, but all of them reflect the extraordinary vitality and sense of optimism that powered the aeronautical world before the future of the aeroplane began to become clearer in wartime. If the Wrights had not flown in 1903, one of the early French builders would very quickly have won the laurels for the first flight. Some of the machines appear in these pages probably for the first time in print; others are rarely seen. This collection serves as a kind of super Exposition Internationale de Locomotion Aˇrienne; readers are invited to enter the Grand Palais, as they might have in 1908 or 1909, to enjoy these marvelous aircraft.


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