Mechanical Physics and The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane
Mechanical Physics and The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane

Mechanical Physics and The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane

Hard Cover. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1943 and London: George Allen and Unwin, 1942. Near Fine.


The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1942. First edition, first printing. Personal copy of Ernest Hemingway, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Publisher's pale blue paper boards, lettered in black; in the original pale blue dust jacket, lettered in black. Near fine, with a few faint spots to the endpapers and fore edge, else bright and clean; unclipped dust jacket, with some light toning to the spine, faint soiling, a few minor spots to the otherwise fresh panels. Overall, a very clean and pleasing copy. Housed together in a custom folding box with Herbert Dingle's Mechanical Physics. This copy of The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane comes from the library of Ernest Hemingway. As was typical with the books in his collection, this copy bears Hemingway's pencil ownership inscription. The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane is a how-to manual on flying, published as the fourth installment of the Air Cadet's Handbook series. As the publishers explain, "Between these covers, you will find all you need to know to make you a safe and efficient pilot." with Mechanical Physics. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1943. Later printing. Personal copy of Ernest Hemingway, with his pencil ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Publisher's blue cloth, lettered in gilt; in the original light blue dust jacket, lettered in black. Book about fine, with only a few faint spots to the fore edge, else bright and clean; unclipped dust jacket, with some light toning to the spine, very short closed tear to the top edge of the rear panel, light toning to the otherwise clean panels. Overall, a near fine and very attractive copy. Housed together in a custom folding box with Capt. Norman Macmillan's The Air Cadet's Handbook on How to Pilot an Aeroplane. This copy of Mechanical Physics comes from the library of Ernest Hemingway. As was typical with the books in his collection, this copy bears Hemingway's pencil ownership inscription. Published as part of the Nelson's Aeroscience Manuals series, Mechanical Physics is a physics text-book that is specifically "suited to the needs of students of aeronautics." Indeed, as Dingle explains in his preface, this book "aims at giving a vivid general picture of the present state of physical knowledge and a practical understanding of what it means." Notably, these books are indicative of Hemingway's strong interest in the mechanics and practicalities of flying airplanes. This interest was both inspired by and intrinsically connected to his experiences as a war correspondent. Indeed, in "London Fights the Robots," his 1944 article for Collier's Weekly about R.A.F. pilots, Hemingway boldly professes: "There isn't any woman and there isn't any horse… that is as lovely as a great airplane, and men who love them are faithful to them even though they leave them for others."


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