LUNARDI (VINCENZO) An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England, in a Series of Letters to his Guardian, Chevalier Gherardo Compagni, Written under the Impressions of the Various Events that Affected the Undertaking, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR for authentication on the half-title, 8vo (2)

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LUNARDI (VINCENZO)
An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England, in a Series of Letters to his Guardian, Chevalier Gherardo Compagni, Written under the Impressions of the Various Events that Affected the Undertaking, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR for authentication on the half-title, 8vo (2)

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LUNARDI (VINCENZO)
An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England, in a Series of Letters to his Guardian, Chevalier Gherardo Compagni, Written under the Impressions of the Various Events that Affected the Undertaking, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR for authentication on the half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by Bartolozzi after R. Cosway, 2 folding engraved plates, advertisement on final leaf, contemporary half morocco, gilt lettered "Lunardi" on red morocco spine label, joints neatly repaired, for the Author, 1784--CAVALLO (TIBERIUS) The History and Practice of Aerostation, first edition in English, 2 engraved plates, without final blank, contemporary quarter morocco gilt, joints repaired, for the Author, 1785, 8vo (2)

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  • Lunardi (1759-1806), an Italian diplomat, made the first British ascent in a hydrogen balloon on 15 September 1784, the success of which made him the most "prominent figure in the early annals of aerostation in England, while his exploits undoubtedly encouraged the vogue of ballooning in those early days" (Hodgson, The History of Aeronautics in Great Britain, 1924, p.139).

    Provenance: ?"J.M. Baker 1798", ownership inscription on title; Edward B. Baker, bookplate; Lord Stanley of Alderley, armorial bookplate.
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