SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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COSTE, Dieudonne
Joseph-Marie Le Brix.
La Grande Croisière de Costes et Le Brix.

A fascinating account of Costes and Le Brix, pioneers of civil aviation, recounting the establishment of commercial links from Paris - South America then North (via the Andes) - Africa - Asia (via Tokyo) - and back to Paris over 7 months and 60,000 km aboard their Breguet-Hispano, loaded with freight.

Paris: Lapina et Fils, 1928.
Paris: Lapina et Fils, 1928.

The first separately printed edition of this article published in the journal l'Intransigeant, produced for the aviation companies 'Louis Breguet' and 'Hispano-Suiza.' 2 etched portraits by Gorvel as frontispiece. Drawing and watercolours by Jean Hallo with ten colour plates highlighted by pochoir by the artist, and 28 woodcut illustrations, including ten decorative letters printed in 2 colours and highlighted in white gouache. Limited edition on Verge. This work is number 1958 of 2,000. The plates are printed in Madagascar. Vanilla coloured paper wrappers. Uncut. Coloured plates in order: 1. Biplane flying over the ocean. 2. Biplane over a desert camp. 3. Biplane flying over Rio de Janeiro. 4. Biplane flying over the Rio de la Plate en route to Buenos Aires. 5. Biplane flying high over the Andes. 6. Jungle. 7. Biplane flying over a Central American volcano. 8. Biplane flying over the Manhattan skyline. 9. Biplane flying in Japan. 10. Biplane flying over North Africa.