FIRST SALES BROCHURE FOR A WRIGHT PLANE.
1. Flugmaschine Wright G.m.b.H. Berlin: G. Braunbeck, .
10 x 7 inches. 12 pp. Illustrations after photographs. Original green wrappers, covers printed in silver. Spine lightly rubbed, minor fading to extremities.
2. Typed letter with stamped signature, on company stationery, Berlin, January 8, 1910, enclosing the brochure and drumming up interest in air shows.
3. Two black and white photographs, 5 x 7 inches, with company inkstamp on verso, being close-ups of the engine and cockpit.
Provenance: the first item Marcel Bekus [1888-1939], Warsaw-born anarchist, participant in the Russian 1905 revolution, historian of revolution and Socialism, anti-fascist, and friend to the avant-garde (small inkstamp on verso of title); dispersed with the rest of his library by his grandson in 1985.
Flugmaschine Wright was the second Wright aircraft company established in Europe, after the C.G.N.A. Established in June 1909, it acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture Flyers in Germany and to sell them there and in other parts of Northern Europe.
The American Wright company was not incorporated until November 1909, and no sales brochure appears to have been issued by the C.G.N.A. prior to this German publication. Rare, with only four copies cited in OCLC, and with unusual provenance.