Auction 112, Lot 756

"[Lot of 2] An Air Balloon invented in the last Century [and] The Ascent of the Aerial Balloon",

Subject: Ballooning

Period: 1790 (circa)


Color: Black & White

See Description

Two interesting copper engravings of the first attempts to launch air balloons. First (4.5 x 7.5") shows a row boat (complete with an oarsman) equipped with a sail and four balloons. It was published in the European Magazine by J. Sewell and is dated 1789. Second (3.7 x 6") shows an enthusiastic crowd gathered to see the launch of a balloon carrying an unfortunate group of farm animals. It was engraved by John Lodge, circa 1790.


Condition: A

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/28/2005