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1783 FIRST SCIENTIFIC FLIGHT / FIRST MANNED HYDROGEN BALLOON FLIGHT - Broadside

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1783 FIRST SCIENTIFIC FLIGHT / FIRST MANNED HYDROGEN BALLOON FLIGHT - ILLUSTRATED BROADSIDE

[Aeronautics and Aviation] [1783] Charles, (Jacques Alexandre Cesar) and Robert, (Nicolas).

Representation Du GLOBE AEROSTATIQUE, Qui S'Est Eleve De Dessus L'Un Des Bassins Du Jardin Royal Des Tuilleries Le 1er Decembre 1783 A 1. Heure 40. Min, Tel Qu'll A Ete Vu Du Pont Royal.

25-1/4 x 18 cm. (9-3/4 x 7-1/8 inches).

Original 18th century illustrated broadside.

Two - 2 x 3/8 inch remnants of mounting tape on reverse, lightly soiled. Very good condition.

“On December 1, Charles accompanied by Nicolas Robert made a much more spectacular flight than De Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes. More scientifically conceived by Charles than the Montgolfiere flight (even to the degree of carrying a thermometer and barometer as well as sandbags), the first man-carrying hydrogen balloon remained aloft for two hours and covered a distance of nearly twenty-five miles” - Edward Jablonski's “Man With Wings.”

The top 80 percent is given to the Illustration. The lower 20 is text describing the historic event, the text drawn from the Journal de Paris for December 2-3, 1783.