Paris, France: Librairie de L. Hachette, 1870. Leather-bound. IN FRENCH. Thick quarto [8x11] inches. Gilt decorated leather spine with four raised bands with title stamped in gilt. All edges gilt. Red boards. Corners bumped, chafing along outer hinges, spine bright, light general wear to boards. Textblock square, binding tight. 612 pages. Six full page chromolithographs with tissue guards, 117 woodblock engravings, 15 maps and diagrams. Beautiful chromolithographs and excellent illustrations highlight the narrative of various thrilling ascents. In French. Very Good. Item #84625
James Glaisher [1809-1903] was a pioneering balloonist and meterologist who made numerous ascents between 1862-66 to measure the temperature and humidity of the atmosphere. Wilfred de Fonvielle [1824-1914] was a French science writer and balloonist. He made an ascent in "Le Geant", the same unwieldly large balloon that the photographer Nadir made famous. Gaston Tissandier was a French chemist, aviator and meterologist. He escaped Paris in a balloon in 1870 during the Siege of Paris. Tissandier authored several books, began and edited La Nature magazine, and with his brother Albert flew an electrically powered dirigible in Paris in 1883. Camille Flammarion [1842-1925] was an astronomer and prolific writer,noted for his popular science books, and some early science fiction.
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