144 pages, 21x27.5cm, soft cover
ISBN 0-91 1858-38-5
an historical survey
book, written by Clive Hart, published
1967 and 1982
This cover is the second edition
of this book.
It was so much disappointing when
I first read this book that aerial photography was hardly
half a page. Hart wrote: "Photography from aeroplanes
has made the technique outmoded". Furthermore his
kap historical survey is not correct.
In fact it is well known now since
the investigation of KAPWA that the information on the invention
of kite aerial photography given in this book had not been
verified by the author. From "seems have been the work
of..." page 171 it becomes a certainty in the chronology
page 190. Unfortunately this wrong assessment has been copied
This book is not a fair survey
of the history of kites. Some periods, some countries, some
people have the priority. Others remain as footnote or are
missing. The origins, China is 10 pages; Other Eastern kites
is 17 pages; the Pacific is 11 pages. Then there are
124 pages on Europeans and western kites.
It is annoying also that several
facts or important kiters are not reported.
Obviously this book is more in
the line of identical topics already discussed in other
books by the author than being a fair and comprehensive
history of kites and its applications.
Nevertheless the bibliography listed
within 14 pages is one of the most complete that could be
found. It's just a pity that the contents are not in accordance
with such an account and that the title doesn't correspond
to what exactly is this book.