AERIAL RUSSIA: The Romance of the Giant Aeroplane.

First edition, first printing. Signed and inscribed by Chessborough J. H. Mackenzie-Kennedy, the subject of the opening chapter, "A Scotsman in Russia", pioneer of the giant aeroplane. Publisher's original green cloth with titles in black to the upper board and in gilt to the spine. Green top-stain. Fore-edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Illustrated with 20 black and white photographs. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm. The contents with toning due to the quality of the wartime paper stock are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout. An excellent copy.

Signed and inscribed in black ink on the title page by Chessborough Mackenzie-Kennedy "To Mous. S. M. Fransès, / from his very truly, / C. J. H. Mackenzie-Kennedy / the pioneer inventor of the giant aeroplane, / 19/3/28 – London." An account of the development of "giant" aircraft in Russia during the early twentieth century and the First World War, signed by one of their key pioneers. Chessborough James Henry Mackenzie-Kennedy (1886-1942) was a Scottish inventor, engineer and entrepreneur. Moving to Russia at the age of just eighteen, he established his own aircraft firm in 1909, working alongside Igor Sikorsky - the premier aircraft designer of the Russian Empire - on several occasions, most notably on the Russky Vityaz, the world's first four-engined airplane. With the outbreak of the First World War, Mackenzie-Kennedy returned to Britain to assist in the war effort, seeking to aid the British War Council in the construction of large bomber planes and aircraft capable of successfully disrupting Zeppelin raids. An excellent association copy of this early work on aviation, and a very uncommon signature.

Stock code: 21378


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