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D.H.: An Outline of de Havilland History - C. [Cecil] Martin Sharp

London: Faber & Faber, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tape repairs to the reverse of the foot of both panels. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Appendices [11]; Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This full story of de Havilland marks the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Geoffrey’s first successful flight. It is probably the most complete history so far written of any organization in the aircraft industry.

Mr. Martin Sharp insists that he has recorded only the bare facts. The facts about de Havilland are rich and poignant. In not seeking to embellish them, but setting out to give them fully and objectively, he has produced a book of absorbing interest.

The reader will form his opinion of the men, their products, their industry, from what they actually did and said, and not from ideas that an author might advance. He will sense the spirit, emanating from de Havilland and the team around him, which has pervaded the whole world-wide organization. The student will find a narrative well indexed and supported by appendices of data on aircraft and engine types, lists of notable flights and records.

The story of the first jet airliner, with the technical outcome of the Comet inquiry, is authentically told for the first time.

Every phase of the saga of half a century is here described, from the spring day in 1908 when de Havilland journeyed to Oxford and gently won his grandfather’s financial help to build a flying machine. In that moment the de Havilland Enterprise was born. Now it is building a missile capable of launching a satellite into orbit around the Earth.”

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 419 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.