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THE ROMANCE OF BALLOONING: THE STORY OF THE EARLY AERONAUTS Edita Lausanne 1971 1st ed Very Large Hardcover DJ Fine
By Lausanne, Edita
Price: $25.00


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New York, Viking, 1971, 1st edition. 203 pp, 200+ photographs, most b/w, some in full color, many full page or even double page, some fold-out, some tipped in. Tall hardcover, 12'' x 10''.  The book has no flaws or writing in the book, and the dust jacket is not chipped, worn or faded, an excellent Very Fine copy. Fifty years old and still in Like New condition! The book was originally written in French, in Switzerland, and this English language edition was also printed in Switzerland, hence the high quality of everything. 

This book is very large and heavy, and extra postage will be requested for Media Mail, Priority Mail or International Mail. 

This book presents the history of conquest of the skies in balloons from the first experiments to the modern hot air form. Their use in war, science, map making, recreation, high altitude research, more.  The story of the free balloon is exciting, dramatic, odd, and poetic. This book recaptures the peace and silence, the color and the wonder, of this ethereal enlargement of man's horizon.

The stories are taken from eyewitness accounts, newspaper stories, reports to scientific bodies, from log-books, memoirs and letters. Eighteenth-century engravers, water colorists, painters, and nineteenth and twentieth century photographers all contribute a wealth of dramatic illustration, much of which has never been published before. The last chapter of this book contains practical information about balloons (in 1971 that is). Fred Dolder, veteran balloon pilot, explains the construction of a modern balloon and the technique of flying it.

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