This leporello – or concertina – style book, features the illustrations of German couple Daniel Doltz and Doris Freigofas, who together are known as Goldon Cosmos.
Stylistically positioned somewhere between early Russian constructivism and mid-century French commercial art, this is a 136cm, 20-page fold-out story of flight, told from Icarus’ bird-man forays to the unknown future of aviation, in pictorial form.
An airship, The Passarola, of dubious design, invented in 1709, gives way to The Glider by Otto Lilienthal, constructed in 1896 – a machine that eventually killed him – and the Wright Brothers’ The Flyer, which did just that, fly for 59 seconds. Well done them.
Then it really takes off, and we have all manner of propeller planes and warmongering jets, the development of commercial flight and everything else in between.
Nobrow has presented the book in a wrap-around cover with written and illustrated facts, so we now know that The Aerocar, invented in 1968, could transform from a car to an aeroplane in 15 minutes.
For more information and to get your hands on a copy head to http://www.nobrow.net