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Collection of 20 titles, ca. 50-300 pp. each. Paris / Geneva / Moscow, 1897-1973, offered with Inforespace. Cosmologie Phénomènes Spatiaux Primhistoire. Revue Bimestrielle. Nos. 1 (1972) – 67, 69 – 71, 73 & 75, incl. the “hors serie” December annuals nos. 1 (1977) – 8 (1984). Altogether 80 issues comprising a 17-year head-of-series run of the newsletter published by the Société Belge d’Étude des Phénomènes Spatiaux (SOBEPS). 8vo. Uniform silver wrpps. 1972 – 1988. (47653)

Photographic evidence of “OVNI” from the pages of Inforespace. Cosmologie Phénomènes Spatiaux Primhistoire.

When the Soviets launched Sputnik 1 into space on the 4th of October 1957, eyes all over the world were suddenly on the heavens.  This was no less true in Geneva, Paris, and Brussels than it was in Washington D.C. and San Diego.  The final frontier had finally been broached and popular imagination turned to the night sky with an intensified curiosity.

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The First Flight from New York to Paris by Colonel Ch. A. Lindbergh. Lavish privately printed presentation album commemorating Lindbergh’s solo crossing of the Atlantic, this copy extra-illustrated with a large silver print photograph of the Spirit of St. Louis in flight over Paris, signed by Lindbergh and tipped onto front free endpaper.  Thick, square folio.  Orig. brown morocco  gilt by A. J. Gonin.  N.p. (Paris) (Vacuum Oil Co.) n.d. (1927).  One of 13 copies. (45963)

In 1919 Raymond Orteig had famously offered $25,000 to any aviator who could accomplish the seemingly insurmountable feat of crossing the Atlantic in either direction alone and non-stop.  Charles A. Lindbergh’s 33 hour flight on the Spirit of Saint Louis from Roosevelt Field in New York to Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris on May 20–21, 1927 not only won him Orteig’s prize money, it changed the course of aviation history.

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De Leeuw, Rudolph M.  Both Sides of Broadway, from Bowling Green to Central Park, New York City.   New York City (The De Leeuw Riehl Pub. Co.) 1910.  [46491]

Both Sides of Broadway

In 1910, author-publisher-photographer Rudolph M. De Leeuw realized his entrepreneurial ambition of publishing a building-by-building sequential photographic survey of the most famous street in America.  Both Sides of Broadway presented viewers near and far with a novel opportunity to stroll along the great New York City thoroughfare without so much as leaving their armchairs.
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Serindia, Sir Aurel Stein and the Discovery of the Dunhuang Manuscript Hoard.

Serindia August 9, 2010

Stein, Aurel.  Serindia.  Detailed Report of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China. 5 vols.  Oxford (Clarendon Press) 1921.  [46224] In the early 1900s, Wang Yuanlu, a Taoist priest acting as the self-appointed abbot of the Buddhist cave shrines at Dunhuang, made a startling discovery.  A crack in one of the cave’s brilliantly painted frescoes […]