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Titre : AN ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST AËRIAL VOYAGE IN ...
Éditeur : Printed for the Author: and sold at the Pantheon; also by the Publisher, J. Bell, at the British Library, Strand; and at Mr. Molini's, Woodstock-Street, London
Date d'édition : 1784
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
Small quarto, pp. [1-4]  2-66 [67: Explanation of the Plate of the Balloon] [68: advertisements], inserted frontispiece (portrait of the author) and two inserted folded plates, uncut, sewn. First edition. Signed by Lunardi on the half title leaf as is usually the case. Lunardi made the first balloon ascension in England. Lunardi's flight was the sensation of the age. Ascending from Moorfields where nearly 200,000 spectators had assembled, he sailed across London (while George III observed him through a telescope from St. James) and landed near Ware. The Cosway-Bartolozzi portrait is the best one known of Lunardi. One of the plates shows the balloon in flight and is often lacking; the other depicts ground inflating apparatus. Hodgson The History of Aeronautics in Great Britain, pp. 117-24. Brockett 7816. Scattered foxing and dust soiling, latter mainly to the outer leaves, some fraying along uncut bottom edges, a few creases, a very good copy. (#153408). N° de réf. du libraire 153408
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