Did you know that the world's first airline was founded in 1910, and that it operated airships exclusively? Or that the original airports - there were several across Europe and elsewhere - were called airship harbors? Ferdinand von Zeppelin and the Creation of Airships explains all that, with many photographs of the airships, the airship harbors, and the people involved, starting with Count Zeppelin. The book covers the history from Zeppelin's first ideas in 1875 up to 1920, when airships were about to start a new life following World War I.
The book was written by Henry Vissering in 1920, at the time when he was helping to set up the joint venture between the Zeppelin company and Goodyear to build and operate airships in the USA.
The cover cloth is printed to resemble the fabric covering of an airship hull. The endpapers show route maps of the original airline, and of an epic flight from Europe to Africa. Numerous illustrations show not only photographs but also diagrams of the airships, their engines, and their controls.
The book consists of 280 pages, with overall dimensions of 76 x 72 x 18 mm (3 x 2-13/16 x 11/16 inches). The edition will be limited to 20 copies, priced $50 each plus $5 for shipping and handling.