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#6188 - Deperdussin Monoplanes Archive of Letters and Photographs
Impressive archive of photos, letters, and pamphlets associated with several record-breaking pilots of Deperdussin aircraft. The 1910 Deperdussin monoplane was the first aircraft to be built in significant quantities by Aéroplanes Deperdussin, a French aircraft manufacturer founded by Armand Deperdussin. After making a fortune in the silk business, Deperdussin established an aircraft works at Laon in 1909, and hired engineer Louis Béchereau (1880-1970) as his technical director. The grouping includes:
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An original vintage 8.5 x 10.25 magazine photo of a soaring Deperdussin Monocoque, signed below in black ink by French aviation pioneer Maurice Prevost.
Two original vintage booklets: a Monoplan Deperdussin booklet, 6.25 x 9, covering flights made by Deperdussin airplanes between March 1911 and May 1912, with interior showing images of several important French aviators and engineers; and a Aeroplanes Deperdussin booklet, 5.25 x 8.25, made in honor of Jules Vedrines’ and Maurice Prévost’s first and second place finishes flying Deperdussin Monocoques at the 1012 Gordon Bennett Aviation Race on September 9 in Clearing, Illinois.
Four original vintage photos, ranging in size from 4.5 x 6.25 to 9.5 x 7, each showing images of Deperdussin racing planes from 1912, with one showing a grounded plane at the 1912 Gordon Bennett Aviation Race, and two others of aviators Maurice Prevost and Eugene Gilbert.
Ten original vintage press and postcard photos, ranging in size from 5.5 x 3.5 to 7 x 5, each showing remarkable images of monoplanes by Aéroplanes Deperdussin during trial flights at Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1910.
An original vintage 6.5 x 5 photo of Maurice Prevost seated in a Deperdussin Monocoque. In 1913, Prevost won both the first Schneider Trophy race and then, five months later, the Gordon Bennett Trophy, the latter being the top prize in an international airplane race awarded by James Gordon Bennett Jr., the American owner and publisher of the New York Herald newspaper.
Ten original vintage photos, ranging in size from 7 x 5 to 9.25 x 7, each showing phenomenal images of Maurice Prevost and his Deperdussin Monocoque at the 1913 Gordon Bennett Cup on September 29, 1913, with five photos showing the Deperdussin pre and post flight, and the other five of the aircraft zooming through the skies and around race markers. Prevost won the top prize by reaching a speed of 126.67 miles per hour.
Three original vintage photos: a 7 x 5 photo of Eugene Gilbert flying in a Deperdussin Monocoque at the 1913 Gordon Bennett Cup, a contest in which he placed third; and two photos of Henri Crombez, 6.5 x 4 and 7 x 5, as he prepares to race in his Deperdussin Monocoque at the 1913 Gordon Bennett Cup, a contest in which he placed fourth.
Two original vintage photos of Swiss aviator Agenor Parmelin: a 5.5 x 3.5 postcard photo of Agenor seated in his Deperdussin Monocoque after crossing the Alps in December 1914, signed in bold black ink by Parmelin; and a 7 x 5 close-up photo of Parmelin seated in an aircraft with scarf and goggles.
A TLS in French signed by aviation pioneer Emile Aubrun, one page, 8.25 x 10.5, Aeroplanes A. Deperdussin letterhead, April 8, 1911, addressed to journalist Jacques Mortane, which reads, in part (translated): “My opinion on the European circuit is perhaps not very useful, since this proof is in part suppressed. As for my opinion on the aviation tests of 1911, I find, indeed that we go a little fast to increase the difficulties in all those which will run this year & which are almost all, not difficult, but dangerous. Far from encouraging aviation, these tests will only further reduce the progress of this new industry, if they come to occasion accidents, which is to be predicted.”
A TLS in French signed by Aubrun, one page both side, 8.25 x 10.75, A. Deperdussin letterhead, December 28, 1912, addressed to journalist Paul Thezard, which concerns the ability to attract a younger audience to the growth of French aviation. In overall very good to fine condition.