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    • 1785

    Copperplate engraving illustrates the chemical apparatus and balloons used for hydrogen generation. In figure four, a hot air balloon and basket support a passenger.

    This volume by Tiberius Cavallo is considered one of…

    • 1785

    Copperplate engraving illustrates the chemical apparatus and balloons used for hydrogen generation.

    This volume by Tiberius Cavallo is considered one of the earliest and best works on aerostation published in…

    • 1785

    This volume by Tiberius Cavallo is considered one of the earliest and best works on aerostation published in eighteenth century England. Cavallo's pioneering studies in aeronautics outlined within this work include how…

    • The completed Louvre and New Rue de Rivoli
    • circa 1826 – 1865

    "Le Louvre Achevé et la Nouvelle Rue de Rivoli," which translates to "The completed Louvre and New Rue de Rivoli," depicts an aerial view of Paris, seen from a hot air balloon. Philippe Benoist (French, Geneva 1813–ca.…

    • Fontainebleau in Balloon, View Taken Above the Great Cavalry Quarter
    • circa 1846

    Jules Arnout (1814-1868) was a French lithographer who executed landscape views of cities in France, England, Italy, and Switzerland, many of which were based on his own sketches and drawings. This print shows a view of…

    • circa 1858 – 1880

    This bird's-eye aerial view of Paris by engraver Marie-Hilaire Guesnu (1802-1880) shows the Bois de Boulogne, a large park located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, on the western edge of the city. The park was…

    • Paris and its Fortifications, View Taken in Balloon Above Mount Valerien
    • circa 1846

    Jules Arnout (1814-1868) was a French lithographer who executed landscape views of cities in France, England, Italy, and Switzerland, many of which were based on his own sketches and drawings. This print shows Paris and…

    • 1900 – 1950

    This 20th-century color lithograph reproduction of an early-19th-century engraving shows a pink and white striped balloon rising above a pastoral landscape. In the balloon basket are two small figures. The campus of…

    • 1784

    From the "Explanation of the Plate of the Balloon" (page 67):
    1. Crown, to which the Rope was fastened
    2. Net-work
    3. Ropes, forty-five in Number, a Rope every four Meshes
    4 and 5. Nooses, through which the…

    • 1784

    From the "Explanation of the Apparatus" (page 67):
    1. Net
    2. Balloon
    3. Crown to suspend the Balloon
    4. Barrels of Zinc
    5. Oil of Vitriol
    6. Backs, in which the Water and Oil of Vitriol was mixed
    7. Recipient of Oil of…

    • 1784

    The book consists of a compilation of letters, newspaper reports, and illustrations detailing the first aerial voyage in England: Italian Vincenzo Lunardi's 24-mile flight in a hydrogen balloon from the Artillery Ground…

    • Description of the aerostatic machine experiments of Mr. & Mr. Montgolfier
    • 1783

    Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond’s Description des expériences assembles first-hand observations, research, technical descriptions, letters, tables, diagrams, and illustrations related to the groundbreaking experiments…

    • 1783

    This case was designed by the Robert brothers, Anne-Jean (1758-1820) and Nicolas Louis (1761-1828) Robert to quickly produce large quantities of hydrogen gas through the reaction of sulfuric acid with iron filings. The…

    • Faucet
    • 1783

    This plate illustrates the parts and mechanism of the faucet used to control the gas in the first hydrogen-filled balloon, launched from the Champs de Mars in Paris on August 27, 1783. In the illustration on Plate 3,…

    • 1783

    Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier (1754-1793), an officer in the French Royal Corps of Engineers and a mathematician, observed the flight of the hydrogen-filled balloon launched from the Champs de Mars in Paris on August 27,…

    • 1783

    Illustration relating to the experiment that resulted in the world’s first hydrogen-filled balloon, conducted in Paris in August 1783, in which a taffeta balloon with a rubber coating was filled with hydrogen gas…

    • Aerostatic machine
    • 1783

    Inscribed: "de Mr. Montgolfier, construite dans le Jardin de Mr. Reveillon, rue de Montreuil Fauxbourg St. Antoine, aux dépens de l’Académie Royale des Sciences."

    Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier (1745-1799) assembled this…

    • Aerostatic machine
    • 1783

    Inscribed: "Machine Aérostatique de 70 Pieds de hauteur sur 46 de Diamètre, qui s’est élevé à Paris, avec deux homme à la hauteur de 324 Pieds le 19. Oct, 1783."

    On October 19, 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier…

    • Flying boat
    • 1783

    Inscribed: "Copié sur celui du Jesuite-Lana."

    Faujas de Saint-Fond’s research for Description des expériences took him to the library of the King, where he consulted the book Prodromo, ouero saggio di alcune inuentioni…

    • 1783

    Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier (1754-1793), an officer in the French Royal Corps of Engineers and a mathematician, observed the flight of the hydrogen-filled balloon launched from the Champs de Mars in Paris on August 27,…

    • 1785

    Fig. 1: Practical experiment to show the principle behind a rarified (hot) air balloon. A paper cone is suspended from a balance, counterweighted with a small number of grains. A candle held beneath the paper cone will…

    • 1785

    Fig. 1: The set up for filling a balloon with rarified air (i.e., hot air). A scaffold (ABCD) is pierced by the exhaust pipe (EF) of a stove at ground level. When the balloon is ready to be filled, the top of the…

    • 1785

    The book, divided into two parts, details the history of aerostatics followed by its practice. The first part aims to record the most useful particulars of recent experiments in balloon flight. The second aims to convey…