Notice Aërostatique, ou continuation de la dix-huitième suite de la Notice de l’Almanach Sous-Verre des Associés, rue Saint Jacques, a Paris, pour l’année …[1785]: concernant les descouvertes, inventions… &c. &c.

[No place or printer; Paris, 1785?]1785

4to, 10 leaves, and engraved frontispiece (dated 1786) of the Montgolfier balloon which was used by Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes for the first manned flight in 1783. Text printed in double columns numbered [321]–360, drop-head title. Old marbled wrappers, contained in a fine quality chemise of marbled boards with a calf spine lettered in gilt and matching slipcase. In fine condition.

FIRST EDITION. This supplementary issue of the Notices des Almanac Sous-Verre contains an account of the inventions and experiments with hot-air balloons of the Montgolfier brothers and their immediate followers. It gives technical details of the Montgolfier balloons, materials used, information on the people involved in their construction, etc. All the balloon flights from 1783 to 1785 are briefly described, and there is also a list of 41 names of “hardis navigateurs aériens, qui, les premiers, ont osé se laisser enlever par la Machine Aérostatique.” All this information and much more is presented in 188 numbered paragraphs and at the end there is an index of names. Not in Tissandier, Bibliographie aéronautique. Maggs Cat. 387, no. 230. Not in the Bibliothèque nationale or CCfr.


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