Roland-Flugzeuge 1914-1917 der Luft-Fahzeug-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Abteilung Flugzeugbau Kaiserdamm, Charlottenburg
n.p. no publisher, n.d. [c.1917]. An extraordinary photographic album, documenting aircraft production at the Berlin based LFG company during the Great War. 37 original gelatin silver prints 4.5 x 6.5 inches, mounted on 8 x 12 inch cardstock with printed titles beneath. Photographs include the manufacturing plants at Adlershof and later at Kaiserdamm, including one picture of the wreckage of the devastating fire at Adlershof (blamed on the British Secret Service), which forced the relocation, production halls, and many of the company’s aircraft, both on the ground and in the air. One particularly striking image shows Germany’s most successful flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen - The Red Baron - piloting the company’s Roland D III. At a time when most military related operations were shrouded in secrecy it can only be assumed that such a volume was produced in extremely small numbers for a select group. The present copy is in fine condition bound in the original gilt lettered, coated cloth with a gilt embossed aircraft at the center.