The first book edition of this title was
published in 1908 by Thompson and Thomas, a Chicago area book
publisher. It had the copyright as of December 9, 1908. It was
illustrated by Charles Lederer.
This title was previously published in serialized form beginning in
August, 1908. W. G. Chapman held an earlier 1908 copyright and as a
book agent with the International Press Bureau was responsible for
syndicating this title in numerous newspapers.
Here is an ad announcing the Airship series to be published in The
Pittsburgh Press. It is dated August 12, 1908.
Here is the April 23, 1909 column from The Virginia Enterprise
These serialized parts ran were published as late as November, 1909.
Not infrequently they were published in a different chronological
sequence as the book chapters. In addition some of the serialized
columns were never published in book form.
This book was published by five different publishers. Each edition has
298 pages. The book was illustrated with numerous line drawn pictures
by Charles Lederer. For more about the publishers click on their names.
C. Thomas Company
and Van Vliet Company
R. Stanton Company
There are some discrepancies regarding the illustrations. The
illustration list notes 30 pictures. In reality there are 41 line drawn
pictures. The first edition has five illustrations on glossy paper
which the later editions do not have. There is also one illustration by
E. S. Groesbeck and one by R. W.
Taylor. A number of the pictures have no attribution.
All editions after the first have the same 41 line drawn
illustrations. The illustration list includes 29 of the forty-one
pictures. It lists one glossy picture which as noted above is only in
the first edition.
Thompson and Thomas, Chicago (1906-1908)
This firm published two known editions of this title in hardcover and
one in wraps. Format examples are shown below.
The first book edition is 8.5 x 6.5. This format was published in
The second format was published in the 1908-1909 era.
Charles C. Thompson Company, Chicago
This company published this title in one hardcover format and one
format in wraps.
Stanton and Van Vliet Company, Chicago
This company published this title in one hardcover (7.75 x 5.75) and
one paperback format.
The earlier books in wraps/ hardcover can be distinguished from the
later book in wraps. The later ones say "Made in U.S.A." on the
No Made in U.S.A. noted on copyright page
John R. Stanton, Chicago (1920's)
The books of this firm are identical to the Stanton and Van Vliet
editions except that the spine of the book and the title page both note
Stanton as the publisher.
David McKay, New York (ca. 1929)
McKay's Peck Series of four titles actually used the Stanton and Van
Vliet Company dust jackets. The Stanton and Van Vliet name is on the
of the spine and on the ads on the back of the jacket. The book cover
is slightly different from the Stanton and Van Vliet books however and
McKay is at the base of the spine.
McKay did not print any Peck books in wraps.