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The 1964 ad text: "KARL
FRIEDRICH-MEERWEIN, BIRDMAN : The PRINCE OF BADEN'S
architect, Meerwein, was a man of remarkable ingenuity and inventive
skill, and most of his talent he applied to the problem of constructing
kites-- kites of all shapes and sizes and of every imaginable material.
Fortunately for Meerwein the Prince was an indulgent master and took a
great interests in the pranks of his protegé.
In 1781 the architect produced his masterpiece, an aerofoil capable of supporting a man, and there was intense excitement when the machine was first tested in the park of the castle. From J. J. Thourneysen ("L'Art de voler à la manière des oiseaux," Bâle, 1784) we learn that Meerwein soared gracefully for several moment and then crashed in front of the royal box. Consternation. Panic. Terrified footmen. A worried Prince.
But Meerwein picked himself unharmed from the wreckage and immediately returned to his drawing-board. He made many flights ---most of them with equally dramatic results--and lived to win great renown through the duchy. "
We notice the spelling used by the publisher for this classic work.
Architecte de S.A.S. Mgr. le Prince de Baade.
chez J. J. Thourneisen, fils.
[[We see no figures in this copy of the book. ]]
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