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#6195 - John Stringfellow Group of Photographs and Booklets Estimate: $3,000+

An impressive collection of material related to John Stringfellow (1799-1883), known for his work on the Aerial Steam Carriage with William Samuel Henson:

An 8.5 x 6.5 German print, circa 1843, of the first airscrew airplane design by Henson and Stringfellow.

Three vintage photographs of Stringellow's flying machines, as constructed between 1848-1868 (ranging in size from 5.75 x 4.5 to 9.75 x 7.25), plus a mounted 12 x 6.5 photograph of Stringfellow's son's 1886 model biplane, inscribed on the reverse by his son with a description and his signature, "F. J. Stringfellow" (Provenance: The Norm Flayderman Collection, exhibited at the 100th Anniversary of the International Aeronautical Federation at the Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget, 2005).

A rare 14-page booklet entitled "A few remarks on what has been done with screw-propelled aero-plane machines, from 1809 to 1892," by his son F. J. Stringfellow, signed across the top of the front wrap, "With F. J. Stringfellow's Compts," including six mounted silver prints (Provenance: Library of Thomas W. Streeter). The text is a description of John Stringfellow's success in building the first model engine-driven aeroplane to fly, in 1848, and of the later development of the model. The original photographs affixed within show the model in its various stages of development and disrepair. Housed in a custom-made clamshell case.

A booklet entitled "Third Annual Report of the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain, with Report upon the Aeronautical Exhibition, for the year 1868," 89 pages, printed by Henry S. Richardson, Greenwich. The first exhibition of the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain was held at the Crystal Palace in London from June 25-July 5, 1868. The last 19 pages of the booklet are dedicated to the exhibition, cataloguing the machines on display, including "No. 37—J. Stringfellow, a model, impelled by twin screws, worked by steam." The last page bears the ink stamp of the Societe Francaise de Navigation Aerienne. Also includes a ten-page printed letters patent issued to Joseph Meyers Kaufmann in 1867 for an "Aero-Motive Apparatus," including two fold-out diagrams. Kaufmann's machine was also displayed at the Crystal Palace exhibition. Provenance: Collection of Charles Dollfus (1893-1981), curator of the Air Museum, Meudon, Paris.

A booklet entitled "Revue Generale de l'Architecture et des Travaux Publics," published in Paris in 1843, with an article entitled "Locomotive Aérienne a Vapeur de M. Henson."

In overall very good condition, with restorations to corners of the photograph inscribed by F. J. Stringfellow, and losses and edge chips to the "A few remarks" booklet, and foxing to the "Revue Generale" booklet.

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