BLANCHARD, Jean-Pierre (attributed to).
Description de deux machines propres à la navigation aérienne, avec figures; par M. B......
[No place, printer or date, after September 1783.]1783
8vo, 8 pages, 1 folding engraved plate with two figures. Additional and later plate of busts of the Montgolfier brothers bound in at the beginning, drop-head title. Modern mottled sheep, spine gilt with red morocco label and balloon ornaments, marbled endpapers, a fine copy.
FIRST EDITION. The fine and large plate plate shows Blanchard’s two proposed flying machines, the “Globe volant” in which the vessel is suspended from a sphere of gas, and the second one in which the gas is contained inside the vessel. Maggs Cat. 307, 60. Tissandier, Bibliographie aéronautique, p. 14. This is very probably the Naudet copy, lot 408 in the catalogue.