PROBLEM OF MANFLIGHT.
MEANS, JAMES. The Problem of Manflight. Boston: W.B. Clarke, 1894. 20 pp. 9 x 5¾ inches. Original printed yellow wrappers, the upper cover with illustration of Otto Lilienthal's glider flight of 1893. Chips to corners of wrappers, bookplate.
Means was a Boston industrialist-turned-aviation promoter. His three Aeronautical Annuals, published from 1895 onwards, gathered together the most significant papers he could find on aeronautics, including the works of Hargrave, Lilienthal, Chanute, Langley, and many others. The present pamphlet shows Means' grasp of lift and aerodynamics, and closes with the line, "Aerial transit will be accomplished because the air is a solid if you hit it hard enough."