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Aeronautica; or, Sketches Illustrative of the Theory and Practice of Aerostation: Comprising an Enlarged Account of the Late Aerial Expedition to Germany

By Monck Mason

1838

F. C. Westley : London

8.5" by 5"

[5], iv, [2], vii, [2], 2-355pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A nicely bound first edition of Monck Mason's interesting work recounting his trip in a hot air ballooning across the channel from London to Germany, illustrated throughout.

The first edition of this work. Illustrated with a lithograph frontispiece, and five lithograph plates. This work is an octavo, the signatures running as B-Z8, 2A2. Collated, complete. This work is an extended account of the balloon journey of Thomas Monck Mason, Charles Green, and Robert Hollond. The men took off on the 7th November 1836 from Vauxhall Gardens, taking off at 1:30pm. In the balloon they crossed the channel from Dover, and descended and landed in Weilburg in Nassau, Germany, at 7am the next day, on the 8th November. The journey was about five hundred miles, and took eighteen hours. An interesting work, as the first modern hot air balloons were in flight from 1783, and the phenomena was incredibly popular at the time that this work was published, and this work shows the developing science behind hot air balloons. Charles Green was the most famous balloonist of the nineteenth century, experiments with coal gas as a cheaper alternative to hydrogen for lifting the balloons. By the time he retired, he had flown in a balloon more then five-hundred times. Robert Hollond was a politician who funded the ballooning efforts of Mason and Green, wanting to establish a long distance ballooning record. Written by Thomas Monck Mason, who also wrote on theology, arguing for the infallibility of the bible. From the library of the Irish international hot air balloonist Wilf Woollett. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front free endpaper, 'J. D. M. Tinline, 1909, No. 13. A'. The first edition of this interesting illustrated work on hot air balloons.

CONDITION

Rebound in a half morocco binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, smart. A couple of light marks to the boards. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front free endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some scattered spots. Prior owner's annotation disputing the text to the tail of page 235, and some other pencil annotations to the margins of other pages.

Overall Condition: Near Fine

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