London: F. C. Westley, 1838. First edition. 8vo. [225 x 142 x 25 mm]. vii; 355. Engraved frontispiece with 5 engraved plates. Rebacked in contemporary half calf with publisher's cloth to covers, gilt title to second panel of spine, and marbled endpapers. Original publisher's cloth and spine inserted to rear endpapers. Sonia Philips and Anderson Gallenes, 1930 inscribed to front endpapers. Split to bottom edge of spine, water staining to bottom fourth throughout, and slight foxing to pages. Very good. Item #20
The author's account of the famous 1836 flight from London to Weilburg, in which he was a participant, is a classic of ballooning which vividly conveys the flavor of the adventures of the early aeronauts as well as offering a valuable insight into contemporary knowledge of the subject. The aeronautical expedition described was made on Nov. 7-8, 1836, and covered about 480 miles, the longest balloon voyage on record until it was surpassed by John Wise in 1859. This voyage, together with later activities of Green and Monck Mason, furnished inspiration and material for Edgar Allan Poe's balloon hoax in 1844.