- 142 pages, 12,5x18 cm, soft cover, round corners; in
French. It contains 6 photographs.
Open Library on this site:
MANUEL du CERF-VOLISTE
Author Joseph Lecornu, published
in 1913, Librairie aéronautique, Paris
In French. The translation of the
title is: " Kiter's manual"
This opuscule is not usually described
by the kite historians and thus it is not well known. Before
I got it I had no idea of what it would be. The foreword
explains the intention of the author.
It is divided in four parts:
Aerodynamic; Kite theory / Practical
information; Construction; Operations; Kite applications.
These parts are then divided in many chapters.
The surprise is that almost half
the contents are a reference guide on mathematics, geometry,
physics. Lecornu was an engineer and he put here datas
that would need a kite designer, a kite maker and a kiter.
The pages on conversion units will interest the historians
when reading historic documents. It will also interest those
looking for datas when dealing with kite design and construction.
The kite theory is a good digest.
The other parts provide good informations on what was the
state of the art of kite at the beginning of the XXth century.
Kite train / ascensions and kite
aerial photography subjects are some valuable complements
to those dealing with these topics.
Really, I don't know how to define
this booklet. Is it not entirely a manual or a user's guide.
It is partly a kind of initiation to those who would not
read the more complete author's book Les Cerfs-volants published
earlier. But in fact, this booklet provides valuable supplementary
informations to the previous work.