Auction 114, Lot 694

"Aeronautics", Fenner, Rest

Subject: Ballooning

Period: 1818 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

8 x 10 inches
20.3 x 25.4 cm

An interesting copper engraving depicting the early days of manned balloon flight. Includes engravings of the Montgolfier brothers’ successful manned ascent at Versailles in 1783, Francesco Lana Terzi's concept of a lighter-than-air vehicle from more than a century earlier, Charles and Robert's first hydrogen balloon, Blanchard's hydrogen balloon with flapping devices to control its flight, and the first successful parachute descent from a balloon made by Frenchman André Jacques Garnerin.


Condition: B

Light foxing in margins and some minor soil.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/1/2006