[Trade Catalogue]L’Avion “Sport Farman”. Farman, 167, Rue de Silly, Billancourt (Seine).

(Paris, Imprimerie d’Homont, circa 1919).

8vo, publisher’s wrappers, first side with colour illustration by Pierre Falize. (12)pp. Printed on semi-glossy paper, text in black and orange. Illustrated title-page, 3 b/w photographs in the text. Complete.

First and only edition of a stylish trade catalogue for Farman touring biplanes.

Farman Aviation Works [Avions Farman] was a French pioneering aircraft company founded and run by the brothers Richard, Henri and Maurice Farman. They designed and constructed aircraft and engines from 1908 until 1936. Their Goliath aircraft was used in the first flight between European capitals, from London to Paris on 8 February 1919, and then in the first regular international commercial flights, between Paris and Brussels, beginning on 22 March 1919.

The “Sport Farman” was produced in 1919 to meet the demand for a low priced, economical, safe airplane for sport and light commercial purposes, which, being especially constructed for these purposes, should show far greater efficiency than the old military machines, rapidly becoming obsolete for use in commercial and pleasure flying. It sold for $4,850 and carried the pilot and 1 passenger.

“The remarkable performance record and characteristics of this little plane prove it absolutely unique and alone in its class as the most practical airplane in existence today for the ex-army flier, the civilian pilot, the sportsman, the business man desiring recreation, the oil man, real estate man or miner. It can be used for passenger carrying, photographic work, taxi service, and any of the hundreds of other ways in which a small machine may be employed. No other airplane approaches its hitherto unheard-of flying qualities”.

Lovely cover and title-page design by the noted French illustrator Pierre Falize (1876-1953).

Text pages loose, a fine copy.

Ref. aviation-history.com / Tom D. Crouch / Not in Pages d’or de l’édition publicitaire

Price: 250,00 euros

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