By Thomas Monck Mason
London   F. C. Westley
8" by 5" [5], 6-52, [2pp]
A scarce first edition of Thomas Monck Mason's fascinating work discussing his experiences in a hot air balloon flight with Robert Hollond and Charles Green.
By Thomas Monck Mason

1836 Account of the Late Aeronautical Expedition From London to Weilburg

London   F. C. Westley
8" by 5" [5], 6-52, [2pp]
A scarce first edition of Thomas Monck Mason's fascinating work discussing his experiences in a hot air balloon flight with Robert Hollond and Charles Green.
£580.00
: 0.5kgs / : 657P26

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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce

A scarce work. The first edition of this work. This work is an octavo. Collated from Copac from a copy held at Cambridge University, complete. This work is an 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. This record was not broken until 1909, over seventy years later 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. 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 also wrote 'Aeronautica', which expanded on this work explaining the journey further. He also wrote on theology, arguing for the infallibility of the bible. From the library of the Irish international hot air balloonist Wilf Woollett. Armorial bookplate to the front pastedown, with the motto 'Faire Sans Dire'. With two pages of publisher's adverts. The first edition of this early interesting work on hot air balloons.

Condition

In the original publisher's limp cloth binding. Externally, wraps are detached and most of spine is lacking. Wraps are discoloured. Marking to the wraps, with a dampstain to the tail of the front wrap. Edgewear to the wraps. Extremities of the front wrap are lifting. Tidemarks to the pastedowns and endpapers. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with the odd spot. Title page and front endpaper are detached but present.

Fair

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