The Great Aerial Navigator, or Atmospheric Machine!On Verso: Grand Aerostatic Fete at Maidenhead. Ballon Ascent.
An amazing broadside, apparently satirizing inventors’ efforts to combine the loft of balloons with steam propulsion. One such approach was pioneered by George Cayley and followed later by one Monck Mason, who attempted to integrate various forms of propellors, paddles and screws with hydrogen balloons. In fact the first propelled and steered flight was made only a few years later in 1852, when Baptiste Henri Jacques Giffard flew a steam-powered, propeller-driven airship 27km from Paris to Trappe. On verso; a printed copy of the aeronautical display and exhibition programmed for the Grand Aestatic Fete at Maidehead, 1949.
[Ref: 26194] £95.00