Dissertation sur Les Globes Aérostatiques.
A Paris: Chez l’Auteur…1783
8vo, 38 pages, and 2 folding engraved plates by Maugein. Modern calf-backed marbled boards by Atelier Laurenchet, brown morocco label on spine, a fine copy.
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. In his preface Deparcieux, who was a nephew of the mathematician Antoine Deparcieux (1703–1768), notes that extracts from this work had been published in newspapers three months prior to its publication in book form. It gives an account of the Montgolfier brothers’ first flight, a technical description of ballooning, and much on Borelli who in his De Motu Animalium (1680–81) showed that man-powered flight was impossible. Tissandier, Bibliographie aéronautique, p. 31. Not in Maggs Cat. 387.