Title: Astra Castra - Experiments and Adventures in...
Publisher: London: Chapman and Hall
Publication Date: 1865
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition. Large volume. A historical treatise on aviation in myth, theory and practice. This is also an important work on the history of ballooning. Inscription from author to father on free ep. Frontispiece - The Fall of Icarus, & 33 other photozincographs (all present) + 4 plates of portraits + 51 woodcut vignettes in text. xxiii, 530 pp. Contents : The Dawn of Navigation Compared With the Dawn of Aerostation; 'Anabaahn' or the Normal Clairvoyance of Poets' Imagination and Experiments Preceeding 1783; Montgolfieres and Charlieres and the Two Years of Uninterrupted Success; The Charlo-Montgolfiere - The Death of Pilatre De Rozier and its effect - Ascents of Interest Till 1800; Remarkable Ascents from 1800 to 1825 Including Napoleon's Extraordinary Omen; Remarkable Ascents from 1825 to 1840; Remarkable Ascents from 1840 to 1864; War Balloons; Methods of Directing Aerostats & Aerodynamics; Feelings Experienced in Aerial Travelling in Calm and Storm; Caricature and the Ridicule this sciences has undergone; "Progress" or, Review of the past, and the Hopes for the Future + Appendix. Internally text and plates are clean. Front endpaper and frontispiece loose. Some plates loose but all present. Rear endpaper is damp. In original blue cloth with gilt pegasus in centre of boards. Rear board is damaged from damp and cloth from spine has lifted. Corners well rubbed. Overall condition Good. Well worth rebinding. Bookseller Inventory # 8553
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