London: W. Stratford for W. Nicholson, 1809.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002687
In: Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and Arts (Nicholson's). Vol. 24, 1809, pp. 164-174 and 1 engraved plate; vol. 25, 1810, pp. 81-87 and 161-173 and 2 engraved plates. London: W. Stratford for W. Nicholson. 8vo (205 x 130 mm). Entire volumes: viii, 384,  pp., 10 engraved plates (3 folding); viii, 384,  pp, 9 engraved plates (1 folding). Contemporary calf, rebacked, spines with gilt-lettered morocco labels (light rubbing, original endpapers browned in outer margins), red-dyed edges. Protected in custom-made clamshell box. Internally only very little browned, occasional very minor spotting. Provenance: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (bookplate "Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons" to each front pastedown). A fine set of these rare journal volumes. ----
PMM 263, Norman 423, Gibbs-Smith pp. 5-9, Hodgson pp. 345-349 - FIRST EDITION, journal issues, OF THE FIRST AND GREATEST CLASSIC OF AVIATION HISTORY, LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE SCIENCE OF AERODYNAMICS.
In 1799 Cayley made an important breakthrough in aerial navigation by separating the system of thrust from the system of lift. Earlier experiments with flight had been preoccupied with using flapping wings to give both thrust and lift, but in his research Cayley successfully experimented with a combination of rigid wings for lift and a paddle mechanism for thrust. In 1804, he flew successfully the first of his fixed-wing gliders. He has been called "the true inventor of the aeroplane and one of the most powerful geniuses in the history of aviation", and was motivated by the thought, as he put it himself, that "an uninterrupted navigable ocean, that comes to the threshold of every man's door, ought not to be neglected as a source of human gratification and advantage" (PMM 263).
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