Charles Aux Thuilleries le Ir. Decembre M.DCCLXXXIII. Jusqu'alors sans egal, Le Monarque des Aira y suivit son Rival.
A Paris chez Miger, la grande Maison neuve. Place de l'Estrapade.
A fine engraving. Plate 250 x 190mm. 9¾ x 7½". Some minor creasing in image. Full margins.
Jacques Alexandre César Charles, French physicist [1746 - 1823]. He confirmed Benjamin Franklin's electrical experiments, became interested in aeronautics, and was the first to use hydrogen gas in balloons. In this type of balloon, known as the Charlière, he made an ascent in 1783 of almost 2 miles.
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