BOOK – MIT DEM ZEPPELIN NACH AMERIKA BY LUDWIG DETTMANN.
It is a very rare German language book that is illustrated by the noted German landscape and aviation artist, Ludwig Dettmann (1865-1944). Dettmann received training at one of Berlin’s finest art schools before the turn of the 20th Century. He had the opportunity to fly with the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127) on its maiden flight from Germany to the United States in October 1928. He had a firsthand opportunity to view the crew and passengers of the Graf Zeppelin as it made its historic Atlantic crossing.
Aside from the text, it contains more than 50 images that range from pen and ink to black and white to full-color. Each image has been reproduced from its original painting and sketch and photographically affixed to the blank page. These images are of varying sizes and depict the story of that Atlantic crossing. Several show Dr. Hugo Eckener and his aircrew as they guided the Graf Zeppelin on her journey.
Eckener was the one-time assistant to the Zeppelin Company’s founder, Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). Following the Graf’s death, Eckener assumed control of the company. After WW I, he managed to build a zeppelin that was coded as LZ 126. This was, in fact, the future U.S.S. Los Angeles, which was turned over to the U.S. Navy as part of Germany’s war reparations to the Allies. Eckener was an engineering genius at building airships, as well as a showman who flew aboard both the Graf Zeppelin and her sister ship, the doomed Hindenburg, to demonstrate their ability to first fly across the Atlantic, and later voyage around the world. Zeppelins soon had ongoing flights to the U.S. and South America. In addition to its passenger service, the Zeppelin Company provided Cargo and Air Mail service. In fact, the zeppelins maintained small post offices onboard, and a crewman would cancel mail to show that it had flown aboard the zeppelin. [We would remind you that our Zeppelin Page displays envelopes that flew aboard the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg. Special postage stamps were even produced by the U.S. Post Office for use on zeppelin mail. NOTE: Sending mail by zeppelin was VERY expensive].
This book relates an important part of history and is in very good condition, overall.
The book features more than 140 pages and measures 9″ x 11 ½.”
This is a consignment item.