1936 M. 9: Un'Aeronave Italiana Durante La Grande Guerra
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With several black and white photographic plates. Original paper wraps bound in. The Macchi M.9 was a flying boat bomber produced in Italy close to the end of World War I, and shortly afterwards. It was a conventional design for its day, with unstaggered biplane wings of unequal span and a single engine mounted pusher-fashion on struts in the interplane gap, close to the underside of the top wing. The pilot and observer sat side-by-side in an open cockpit. While earlier Macchi flying boats had conventional interplane struts, the M.9 introduced the Warren truss-style struts that would become characteristic of this manufacturer's designs. Around 16 examples were delivered to the Italian Navy prior to the Armistice, and around another 14 were assembled after the end of hostilities. A small number of postwar aircraft were built with four seats under the designation M.9bis and were used in Switzerland for carrying passengers and mail. In the original Italian.
In a half calf binding with marbled boards. Externally excellent, very little shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean aside from marginal age-toning and the odd spot. Plates remain very bright and clean. Page 225-6 is bound in to the end rather than where it should be. Ink signature of Douglass Whetton and Valerie to title, ink stamp of Douglas Whetton to original paper front wrap.
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