FRENCH AVIATION ARCHIVE
Lot 14
FRENCH AVIATION ARCHIVE
Sold for US$ 1,875 inc. premium

The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
FRENCH AVIATION ARCHIVE
SABLIER, GEORGES. First half of the 20th century.
Archive of material related to airplane designs. Two blue notebooks, 9-1/2 x 12-5/8 inches(241 x 320.7 mm). Together containing design plans (over 140 various technical drawings and folding copies), manuscript notes (mainly in French with some German), newspaper clippings, and photographs of the Sablier Type 52 [1952], one folder labeled Biplan Sablier Type 8.

An impassioned aviation designer, George Sablier is best known for his collaboration on plane designs with the Basque firm Vizcaína Aviación. This archive is an enthusiastic look at the mechanics of early twentieth-century aviation design, including plans for the Biplan Sablier Type 8 and photographs of the Sablier Type 52. Also included are Sablier's manuscript notes, typed pages, and research clippings on important figures in the history of flight, such as Santos Dumont, Samuel Pierpont Langley, and Lawrence Hargrave. Sablier also made sketches of these historical designs, such as Pichancourt's 1889 L'Oiseau Mechanique (Mechanical Bird), based on illustrations in Octave Chanute's Progress in Flying Machines.
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