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The Aeriel Ship or Munchausen Improved!
The Aeriel Ship or Munchausen Improved!
[n.d., 1845].
Lithograph. Sheet 175 x 280mm (7 x 11"). Laid down on album sheet. Trimmed around title and into image at bottom.
A satire on the exaggerated ambitions of the 'Henson Aerial Steam Carriage', patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-88) in 1843, over half-a-century before the Wright Brothers' first flight. He incorporated the 'Aerial Transit Company' in 1843, and built a scale model of this steam-powered aeroplane, which did manage to hop (or perhaps bounce) off the ground. However a lack of sustained success led to the company being wound up in 1848.
[Ref: 52638]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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The Aerial Steam Carriage.
The Aerial Steam Carriage.
Rock & Co. London [n.d., c.1808.]
Rare steel engraving, letter sheet 225 x 185mm (9 x 7½"). Some creasing and surface dirt.
A fictitious flight of the Aerial Steam Carriage over the Thames. The Aerial Steam Carriage was patented in 1842 by William Samuel Henson and John Stringfellow. Henson and Stringfellow only produced scale models, none of which were capable of flying more than a short distance inside a hanger, but the invention marks an important development in the history of powered flying machines.
[Ref: 56976]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Die Aeronauten.
Die Aeronauten.
J: Blaschke sc.
[n.d., c.1840].
Engraving, sheet 135 x 85mm (5¼ x 3¼"). Cut to plate on threee sides.
A german print depicting a hot air ballon manned by a single person flies above a sea port watched by huge crowds. A unidentified swallow tailed flag waves in the wind above a battlement and a ships mast can be seen behind.
[Ref: 56937]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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New London Magazine.
New London Magazine. M.r Sadler, The first English Ærostatist. M.r Arnold, The first unsuccessful Aerial Adventurer.
Thornton sculp.
Published by Alex..r Hogg at the kings Arms N.o16 Paternoster Row, De[c. 31. 1785.]
Engraving, plate 125 x 200mm (5 x 7¾"). Publication line partially obscured.
Oval portraits of James Sadler (1753 – 1828) and Stuart Amos Arnold. Sadler was the first English balloonist and the second person, after Vincenzo Lunardi (1754 – 1806), to make a balloon ascent in England. He was an eminent scientist and made a number of important discoveries; notably that hot air, rather than smoke, as the Montgolfiers had wrongly concluded, was required for airborne propulsion, managed tomanufacture hydrogen at a time when the element was so new it hadn’t even been named and was the first to create an adjustable fire in the basket to manipulate the balloon’s altitude. Arnold is most famous for his balloon that launched 31 August 1785 from St George's Fields, London, which ended in disaster after it got caught on some railings.
[Ref: 56930]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Air.
Air.
[n.d., c.1800].
Scrap sheet with ten hand coloured etchings glued to it. Sheet 480 x 305mm (19 x 12"). Some creasing, glue stains, surface dirt and ageing of the paper.
A rare set of scenes with rhyming couplets explaining the usefullness of air in motion, featuring a hot air balloon, instruments, kites, bubbles, fans, bellows, wind, glassblowing, a popgun and a windmill. Game of cricket in background.
[Ref: 56972]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Avro 504 BIPLANE.
Avro 504 BIPLANE.
Phil Britton.
1924.
Pen and ink drawing, mount 375 x 485mm (14¾ x 19). Taped within mount. Some time staining.
The Avro 504 was a biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company and under licence by others. It was the most-produced aircraft of any kind that served in any military capacity during the First World War; more than 10,000 were built from 1913 until production ended in 1932.
Ex Parker Gallery.
[Ref: 57023]   £290.00   (£348.00 incl.VAT)
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Le Ballon au dessus de la Méditerranée.
Le Ballon au dessus de la Méditerranée.
[after Jules Marie Desandré.]
[n.d., c.1880.]
Lithograph with hand colour. Printed area 220 x 160mm (8¾ x 6¼"), very large margins.
A balloon ditching in the Mediterranean sea. From the novel "Aventures de Paul enlevé par un ballon" by Jean Bruno.
[Ref: 57030]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[A hot air balloon taking off.]
[A hot air balloon taking off.]
C. H[*****] 1880.
Photogravure, printed in colours. 585 x 345mm (23 x 13½"), on thick paper, very large margins.. Repaired tear entering plate but not image.
A post-Revolutionary scene of a hot air balloon lifting off from a crowded area, carrying a couple, with a woman waving a tricolour. Two of the spectators tumble over.
[Ref: 57135]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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Balloon.
Balloon.
[n.d., c.1810.]
Engraving. Sheet 265 x 210mm (10½ x 8¼"). Wormholes in unprinted area.
Two men in balloon take off from the grounds of a factory or mill, in Coventry, watched by a crowd.
[Ref: 56872]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Ascent of M.r Sadler and Miss Thompson from Burlington House July 29 1814.
Ascent of M.r Sadler and Miss Thompson from Burlington House July 29 1814.
I.G.
[c.1814]
Etching, sheet 235 x 320mm (9¼ x 12½"). Glued to board and varnished, with title in ink glued to back. Some surface marks. Corners of board exposed.
A view of Burlington House courtyard, showing a balloon on the ground, still being inflated. A large crowd has gathered in the courtyard and on the surrounding buildings to watch. James Sadler (1753 –1828) was the first English balloonist, as well as a chemist and pastry chef.
[Ref: 57020]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Les Amusements de Paris, annee 1783,
Les Amusements de Paris, annee 1783, Hoec omina in irritum cadent,
[c.1783].
Engraving with hand colour, sheet 165 x 210mm (6½ x 8¼"). Trimmed within plate. Some time staining.
A small ballooning display within a grandstand. A crowd gathers to watch the rise and fall of the objects. A man on the right guts pigs for their innards to be used as balloons.
[Ref: 56939]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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View of the Fair in Hyde Park,
View of the Fair in Hyde Park,
Printed in the Park on June, 28.th 1838.
Very rare lithograph, sheet 140 x 190mm (5½ x 7½"). Brown stain top left and further glue stains on edges where it was once put into a scrapbook.
A view near the Queen Elizabeth Gate at Hyde Park Corner with the statue of Achilles. A large crowd gathers and a hot air balloon floats across the sky.
[Ref: 56940]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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Bo.t of John Richards & C.o. Linen Drapers and Furniture Printers.
Bo.t of John Richards & C.o. Linen Drapers and Furniture Printers. Manufacture of Silk & Patent... [for Sir J. Cotrell in ink]
[Mar. 1st 1824] [in ink].
Engraving and ink mss, sheet 120 x 235mm (5 x 9¾"). Creases where previously folded. Small tear.
Receipt for an order. A small image of a hot air balloon above a river with ships, in London.
Ex collection of Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 57117]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[The first hydrogen balloon] Expérience de la Machine Aréostatique de M.rs de Montgolfier d'Anonai eb Vivaris,
[The first hydrogen balloon] Expérience de la Machine Aréostatique de M.rs de Montgolfier d'Anonai eb Vivaris, Reppetée à Paris le 27 Aoust 1783 au Champ de Mars, avec un Bolon de Taffetas enduit de Gomme élastique, de 30 pieds 6 ponces de circonference Ce Balon plein d'Air Inflamable a été éxécuté par Mrs. Robert en vertu d'une Souscription Nationale sous le direction de Mr Faujas de Saint Fond.
[Paris, c.1785]
Engraving with original hand colour. 295 x 410mm (11½ x 16"). Spotting and creasing.
Jacques Charles and brothers Anne-Jean and Nicolas-Louis Robert designed and built the world's first hydrogen-filled balloon, using rubberised silk. It was launched (unmanned) on 27th August 1783 from the Champ-de-Mars in Paris, as depicted here, watched by Benjamin Frankin. It landed 21 kilometres away in the village of Gonesse where the reportedly terrified local peasants attacked it with pitchforks. The use of Montgolfier's name is incorrect. Theis print is a vüe-d'optique, designed to be viewed through an optical viewer so the title is reversed above the image.
[Ref: 56955]   £690.00  
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Expérience Aerostatique. Faite à Lyon en Janvier 1784, avec un Ballon de cent pieds de diamètre.
Expérience Aerostatique. Faite à Lyon en Janvier 1784, avec un Ballon de cent pieds de diamètre. Vuë prise du Pavillon meridional de Sr. Antonio Spréafico, aux Brotteaux.
A Lyon chés Joubert fils Md. D'Estampes g.de Rue Merciere [n.d. c.1784].
Fine engraving with etching. Sheet 480 x 340mm (19 x 13½"). Trimmed to image on three sides, laid on sheet.
The 'Aerostatic Experience', 19th January 1784. The only recorded flight by Joseph Michel Montgolfier (1740-1810). After the first ascent in a hydrogen balloon by Charles (1746-1823) on 1 December 1783, the Montgolfier brothers, determined not to be outdone, returned to the South of France where they constructed a balloon of staggering proportions. Named ‘Le Flesselle’ in honour of the Governor of Lyons who sponsored the project, this giant balloon was 131 feet high and 104 feet in diameter, with a capacity of more than 700,000 cubic feet. The ascent from Brotteaux, Lyon on the 19 January 1784 was watched by over 100,000 people. The balloon reached a height of 3000 feet before a large tear in the fabric caused it to descend rapidly, leaving the seven aeronauts shaken but otherwise unhurt.
[Ref: 56953]   £380.00  
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[The first hydrogen balloon] Allarme générale des habitants de Gonesse occasionée par la chûte du ballon aréostatique de Mr. de Mongolfier.
[The first hydrogen balloon] Allarme générale des habitants de Gonesse occasionée par la chûte du ballon aréostatique de Mr. de Mongolfier.
Se vend à Augsbourg dans le Negoce com¯un de l'Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts libér aux avec privilège de sa Majesté Imperiale et avec Defense de n'en fairem'd' vendre de copies [n.d., c.1783].
Coloured etching. 280 x 405mm (11½ x 16"), very large margins. A few foxing spots.
Jacques Charles and brothers Anne-Jean and Nicolas-Louis Robert designed and built the world's first hydrogen-filled balloon, using rubberised silk. It was launched (unmanned) on 27th August 1783 from the Champ-de-Mars in Paris, watched by Benjamin Frankin. It landed 21 kilometres away in the village of Gonesse where the reportedly terrified local peasants attacked it with pitchforks, as depicted here. This print is a vüe-d'optique, designed to be viewed through an optical viewer so the title, which incorrectly draws on Montgolfier's name, is reversed above the image.
[Ref: 56954]   £690.00  
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Beilage zum N.J Blatt der Erlanger Real. Zeitung 1784.
Beilage zum N.J Blatt der Erlanger Real. Zeitung 1784.
Rare engraving, plate 175 x 100mm (7 x 4"). A few age spots mostly in margins. Centre horizontal crease.
Supplement to the German newspaper 'Erlanger Real' published in 1784. Three men on the ground man the instrument providing the hot air to push the balloon upwards. Two men stand in the basket: one waving a flag the other having dropped his. The date, number of passengers and the balloon being unteathered suggests that this depicts the November 21st, 1783 Parisian flight of Pilatre de Rozier and French military official, the Marquis d’Arlandes in a balloon set up by the Montgolfier brothers. The pair flew from the center of Paris to the suburbs, about 5.5 miles (9 km), in 25 minutes. Benjamin Franklin witnessed the flight and wrote about it in his journal.
[Ref: 56928]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Belper Station _ North Midland Railway.
[Belper Station _ North Midland Railway. Francis Thompson Arch.t. Under the Directions of R. Stephenson Esq.r.]
[S. Russell.]
[n.d., c.1840.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 200 x 290mm (8 x 11½") very large margins. Slight surface soiling.
A view of the exterior of the railway station at Belper in Derbyshire, on the North Midland Railway, which opened in 1840 and became part of the Midland Railway in 1844. The line was noted for the extravagance of its stations. The title, as above, comes from a smaller version of the same image.
[Ref: 57107]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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[Biplane dogfight] S.E.5a.
[Biplane dogfight] S.E.5a.
Howard Leigh [pencil signature].
Etching 250 x 190mm (7½ x 9¾"). Light spotting.
A First World War dogfight between a German and a British Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5, the fastest aircraft in the war. Howard Leigh (1896-1981), an American etcher.
[Ref: 10907]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Avro Training Biplane.
Avro Training Biplane.
Signed in pencil Howard Leigh.
Etching 250 x 190mm, 7½ x 9¾". Light spotting.
Howard Leigh, American 1896-1981.
[Ref: 10908]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Jean Pierre Blanchard.
Jean Pierre Blanchard. The first Aerial Mariner, Citizen of Calais...
R. Livesay pinxit. J. Newton sculpsit.
March 24 Pub. for the Proprietor by S. Hooper No 212, High-Holborn, London.
Stipple with etching and engraving. Sheet 230 x 205mm (9 x 8"). Trimmed within plate. Slight vertical crease.
A half-length portrait of Jean-Pierre Blanchard, published shortly after he and American doctor John Jefferies made the first balloon flight across the English Channel when they travelled from Dover to Calais, January 7th 1785.
[Ref: 56777]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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"Aviation." Louis Bleriot. (The First to Fly the Chanel.)
F.W.
Supplement to "The Throne and Country." August 7, 1909.
Chromolithograph, sheet 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"), large margins. Tears to edges, some creasing and surface dirt. Messy.
Full length portrait of Louis Charles Joseph Bleriot (1872 – 1936) French aviator, inventor and engineer. In 1909 he became world-famous for making the first airplane flight across the English Channel, winning the prize of £1,000 offered by the Daily Mail newspaper.
[Ref: 56967]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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The Opening of the Bristol & Exeter Railway. As Seen from  Exwick Hill.
The Opening of the Bristol & Exeter Railway. As Seen from Exwick Hill.
W. Hake.
[n.d., 1844.]
Lithograph. Printed area 185 x 250mm (7¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed around image, title excised and stuck on mount.
A view looking down on Exeter St Davids Station, the terminus of the Bristol & Exeter Railway, on its opening in 1844. The city can be seen behind.
Not in Abbey.
[Ref: 56782]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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The Opening of the Bristol & Exeter Railway. As Seen from  Exwick Hill.
The Opening of the Bristol & Exeter Railway. As Seen from Exwick Hill.
W. Hake.
[n.d., 1844.]
Scarce lithograph with hand colour. Printed area 185 x 250mm (7¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed around image.
A view looking down on Exeter St Davids Station, the terminus of the Bristol & Exeter Railway, on its opening in 1844. The city can be seen behind.
Not in Abbey.
[Ref: 56781]   £380.00  
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Canal.  Plate III. Theory of Navigable Canals.
Canal. Plate III. Theory of Navigable Canals.
J. Pass sculp.t.
London, Published as the Act directs March 27 1800 by J. Wilkes.
Coloured engraving. 240 x 195mm (9½ x 7¾").
Three illustrations of mechanisms using waterwheels to haul loads up gradients.
[Ref: 56713]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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A State Car, made for an Indian Sovereign.
A State Car, made for an Indian Sovereign.
[n.d., c.1778].
Engraving, plate 120 x 200mm (4¾ x 8").
The finished design for a coach for the Nabob (also known as Naboob and Nawab) Provincial Governor of Arcot, made in Covent Garden, London. Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah (1717 –1795) was the Nawab of Arcot in India and an ally of the British East India Company.
[Ref: 57062]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Railway at Cheshunt in Hertfordshire; Invented by Henry R. Palmer, Civil-Engineer.
The Railway at Cheshunt in Hertfordshire; Invented by Henry R. Palmer, Civil-Engineer.
Ingrey & Madeley, Lithog. 310 Strand.
[n.d., c.1825.]
Coloured lithograph on chine collé. 130 x 285mm (5 x 11¼"). Margins messy.
A view of the world's first passenger monorail, designed by Henry Robinson Palmer (1795-1844) and opened in 1825. Robinson patented his design in 1821 (unaware of a monorail built near Moscow by Ivan Elmanov in 1820, with wheels on the beam rather than the carriage) and built his first in Deptford Dockyard in 1824, which was the first elevated railway. The Cheshunt monorail was the world's third monorail and the first to carry passengers, with horses pulling carriages along the mile-long track. Robinson also invented corrugated iron, designed and executed the Eastern Dock in London, and was instrumental in the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineeers.
[Ref: 56964]   £360.00  
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"Vanity Fair" Supplement Men of the Day No. 1303. "All British" (M.r S F. Cody)
Alick. P.F. Ritchie. Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Lt.d lith.
[n.d., 1 Nov 1911]
Chromolithograph with supplementary text, sheet 380 x 260mm (15 x 10¼"), large margins. Crease top right corner.
Full length portrait of Samuel Franklin Cowdery (1867 – 1913), known as Samuel Franklin Cody, USA born Wild West showman, early pioneer of manned flight and inventor of the Cody kite used by the British military. He was also the first man to fly an aeroplane built in Britain. His flight of 16 October 1908 is recognised as the first official flight of a piloted heavier-than-air machine in Great Britain. He set various British flight distance and endurance records and won prizes in flight competitions such as the Michelin Cup in 1911.
[Ref: 56968]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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Defford Bridge. Designed to Carry The Birmingham and Gloucester Railway over the River Avon Worcestershire 1839.
Defford Bridge. Designed to Carry The Birmingham and Gloucester Railway over the River Avon Worcestershire 1839. Span of each Arch 58 Feet. Height above Water Line 28 Feet. Capt. W.S. Moorson Eng.r.
F.I. Dolby, del. Clerk & Co. lithog: 202, High Holborn.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Tinted lithograph. Sheet 330 x 460mm (13 x 18"). A few repairs.
The Defford Bridge, with a locomotive crossing. The bridge was a major feature of Captian William Scarth Moorsom's (1804 - 1863) Birmingham and Gloucester railway, which opened in 1841. Moorsom was awarded the Telford Medal for his method of using cast iron caissons filled with concrete to form the foundations of the three-arch viaduct which spans the river Avon near Tukesbury.
[Ref: 57103]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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17. Die Stadt.
17. Die Stadt.
[Eduard Walther.]
[Published in Munich. c.1870.]
Chromolithograph. 318 x 413mm (12½ x 16¼"). Centre fold as published.
A view of a German city and showing a train and carriage. Possibly an unregistered plate from Walther's "Geographische Charaketerbilder".
[Ref: 56996]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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[Railway Engine] Dolphin.
[Railway Engine] Dolphin.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Pen and ink drawing. 165 x 275mm (6½ x 10¾"). Central crease. Time staining.
An amateur sketch of the profile of an early locomotive.
[Ref: 57040]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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(Nederlandsche Stoompost, 6 Junij 1847.)
(Nederlandsche Stoompost, 6 Junij 1847.)
H.W fecit. [within image]
[c.1847]
Very scarce lithograph, sheet 225 x 310mm (8¾ x 12¼").
Dutch print of steam train, presumably carrying mail, travelling through the countryside filled with farmland and windmills. Key underneath image explaining parts of the railway.
[Ref: 57080]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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An exact representation of the first Aerial Ship the Eagle.
An exact representation of the first Aerial Ship the Eagle. Now exhibiting publickly at the Grounds of the Aeronautical Society Victoria Road opposite Kensington Gardens at 1s Each.
London. Published for the Proprietor by Mes Ackermann Strand, C Tilt Fleet St, Reeve & Sons Cheapside, Riddle & Meymott P.N.Row. [n.d., c.1834.]
Fine lithograph. Sheet 230 x 310mm (9 x 12"). Creased on right bottom.
The Eagle was a paddle-driven balloon designed by the Comte de Lennox in 1834 to provide transport between the capitals of Europe. However, the ship was too heavy to fly and was destroyed by spectators at the Champ de Mars in Paris after a failed take-off in August 1834. A detailed description of the machine's weight, dimensions and parts below the image.
[Ref: 57002]   £320.00  
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An Exact Representation of the First Aerial Ship, the Eagle.
An Exact Representation of the First Aerial Ship, the Eagle. Now exhibiting in the Grounds of the Aeronautical Society, Victoria Road, opposite Kensington Gardens.
[n.d., c.1834.]
Scarce wood engraving with hand colour. Sheet 205 x 245mm (8 x 10"). Restoration to bottom edge with loss to letterpress key.
The Eagle was a paddle-driven balloon designed by the Comte de Lennox in 1834 to provide transport between the capitals of Europe. However, the ship was too heavy to fly and was destroyed by spectators at the Champ de Mars in Paris after a failed take-off in August 1834. A detailed description of the machine's weight, dimensions and parts below the image.
[Ref: 57003]   £450.00  
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View of the River Lea Bridge and Stratford Viaduct as now constructing for the Eastern Counties Railway Company.
View of the River Lea Bridge and Stratford Viaduct as now constructing for the Eastern Counties Railway Company.
On Stone by L. Haghe, from a Drawing by G. Harley Esq.re. Day & Haghe Lith.rs to the Queen, Gate St, Linc. Inn F.ds.
London, Published by R. Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery 191, Regent Street, 1857.
Coloured lithograph. Framed, visible area 335 x 575mm (13¼ x 22¾"). Two scratches, some spotting.
Two passenger locomotives on an embankment with two bridges, an angler in the foreground. The Eastern Counties Railway was established in 1836, intending to build a line between London to Yarmouth, via Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich. Difficulties led to the line ending at Colchester. The first section to open was from a temporary terminus at Mile End to Romford in Essex, on 20th June 1839.
[Ref: 57000]   £590.00  
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[Eckington Station.]
[Eckington Station.]
[S. Russell?]
[n.d., c.1840.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 200 x 290mm (8 x 11½"), very large margins. Slight surface soiling.
A view of the exterior of the railway station at Eckington in Derbyshire, on the North Midland Railway, which opened in 1840 and became part of the Midland Railway in 1844. The line was noted for the extravagance of its stations. A matching lithograph of Belper Station on the same line was signed by the artist S. Russell.
[Ref: 57108]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Caledonian]
[The Caledonian] Engine Tender & Carriage.
[Drawn by H. West.]
E. Colyer Litho. 17, Fenchurch St. [n.d., c.1830.]
Scarce lithograph, 125 x 215mm. 5 x 8½". Some creasing and scuffing aroung the right margin and top right corner. Staining on right.
A steam engine and carriage entitled 'Caledonian'. The first engine purchased for £800 on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway 1832.
[Ref: 57039]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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The Flight of Intellect.
The Flight of Intellect. Portrait of Mr. Golightly experimenting on Mess.rs Quick of Speed's new patent high pressure steam Riding Pocket.
C.E. Madeley, Lith, 5 Wellington St. Strand.
[n.d. c.1830.]
Lithograph. Sheet 190 x 225mm (7½ x 9"). Repaired tear, laid on archival paper. Trimmed
Print satirising steam-powered travel, showing a man sitting astride a rocket, causing his hat to blow off and his cape to trail behind him.
See Science Museum: 10410938.
[Ref: 56797]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Joseph Kaufmann's flying machine] Mechanische Technik. Taf. 34.
[Joseph Kaufmann's flying machine] Mechanische Technik. Taf. 34.
Druck und Verlag von F.A. Brockhaus in Leipzig [n.d., c.1870].
Wood engraving. Sheet 270 x 345mm (10½ x 13½"). Small tear repaired, some foxing.
A sheet of 15 numbered vignette illustrations, of which 14 show designs and uses of balloons. The exception is the most interesting, '14 Flugmachine von Kaufmann'. This was a steam-powered flying machine designed in 1867 by Joseph Kaufmann, a mechanical engineer from Glasgow, with a 40-horsepower steam engine weighing over 5,000 pounds, driving a pair of flapping 35 feet long wings. A large ball was suspended below the aerial machine for stability. He presented a lecture on his experiments to the Glasgow Mechanics Institute in 1869, with a working model. After the wings of the model broke off, the lecture ended and no further reports of Kaufmann's machine exist.
[Ref: 56956]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Gare Saint-Lazare] Chemin de Fer, de Paris a S.t Germain, vue de profil, Place de l'Europe à Paris.
[Gare Saint-Lazare] Chemin de Fer, de Paris a S.t Germain, vue de profil, Place de l'Europe à Paris.
V.Hubert del. Imp de Lemercier.
A Paris, chez l'Auteur, rue de Surenne No 15. Paris, chez Hautecoeur-Martinet, rue du Coq St Honoré [n.d., 1837].
Lithograph. Sheet 360 x 535mm (14¼ x 21"), very large margins.
A view of Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris's first passenger station, opened 1837 with a single track linked the capital with Le Pecq. By 1843 it was the terminus of three lines.
[Ref: 56950]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Gare Saint-Lazare] Vue de Chemin de Fer de Paris a S.t Germain.
[Gare Saint-Lazare] Vue de Chemin de Fer de Paris a S.t Germain.
Arnout del. Imp. de Lemercier, Benard et C.ie.
[n.d., c.1841.]
Lithograph. Sheet 325 x 410mm (12¾ x 16"). Edges toned and foxed.
A view of Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris's first passenger station, opened 1837 with a single track linking the capital with Le Pecq. By 1843 it was the terminus of three lines.
[Ref: 56949]   £360.00  
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Vanity Fair Supplement. [Men of the Day No. 2219.]
Vanity Fair Supplement. [Men of the Day No. 2219.] "Claudie." (C. Graham. White.)
Tec. Hentschel- Colourtype London
[n.d., 10 May 1911.]
Chromolithograph with supplementary text, sheet 380 x 260mm (15 x 10¼"), large margins.
Full length portrait of Claude Grahame-White (1879 – 1959) English pioneer of aviation, and the first to make a night flight, during the Daily Mail-sponsored 1910 London to Manchester air race. Grahame-White's interest in aviation was sparked by Louis Blériot's crossing of the English Channel in 1909. This prompted him to go to France, where he attended the Reims aviation meeting, at which he met Blériot and subsequently enrolled at his flying school. He was one of the first people to qualify as pilot in England. He reached celebrity status in April 1910 when he competed with the French pilot Louis Paulhan for the £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail newspaper for the first flight between London and Manchester in under 24 hours. Although Paulhan won the prize, Grahame White's achievement was widely praised.
[Ref: 56969]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Vanity Fair Supplement. Men of the Day No. 2284.
Vanity Fair Supplement. Men of the Day No. 2284. "Flight" (M.r Gustave Hamel).
WH [Wallace Hester]. Vincent Brooks, Day & Son Lt.d lith.
[n.d., 31 Jul 1912].
Chromolithograph with supplementary text, sheet 380 x 260mm (15 x 10¼"), large margins.
Full length portrait of the British aviator Gustav Wilhelm Hamel (1889 – 1914). He learned to fly at the Blériot school at Pau, France in 1910; after observing his first flight Louis Blériot commented that he had never seen a pilot with such natural ability. He paricipated in various competitions, flying displays and a pioneer in aviation; Hamel made the first cross-channel flight with a woman as passenger on 2nd April 1912, when he flew Eleanor Trehawke Davies from Hendon to Paris, he also enabled her to be the first woman to experience looping the loop on 2nd January 1914. Hamel disapeared over the English Channel on 23rd May 1914, it was speculated that this was sabotage but there was no trace of the aircraft and a fishing vessel on 6th July 1914 found a body that matched the description of Hamel.
[Ref: 56970]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Hancock’s Steam Carriage.
Hancock’s Steam Carriage.
[n.d., 1834.]
Steel engraving. Sheet 130 x 195mm (5¼ x 7¾"). Creased.
The steam omnibus ‘Era’, built by Walter Hancock (1799-1852) of Stratford to operate between Paddington, Regent’s Park and the City of London. The fare was sixpence per passenger; she was capable of carrying 14 passengers. Hancock operated steam road carriages from 1829 to 1840 (most famously 'Enterprise'), when heavy road tolls imposed by the Turnpike Acts made the business unprofitable. He continued to build engines for railways.
[Ref: 56876]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Balloon.
Balloon.
[n.d., c.1820].
Engraving with hand colour, sheet 235 x 155mm (9¼ x 6¼"). Cut. Creased. Some surface dirt.
A blue hot air balloon decorated with people floats above the green countryside towards a beaming sun. Two people wave flags from within the basket. Possibly depicting James Sadler (1753 – 1828) and Captain Paget's flight that took off from Mermaid Gardens, Hackney and descended near Tilbury Fort, Essex 12th August 1811.
[Ref: 56933]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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The Chavolant; or Kite Carriage.
The Chavolant; or Kite Carriage.
Engraved by Percy Roberts.
London. Published by Sherwood & Co. 1827.
Aquatint. 220 x 135mm (8¾ x 5¼"). Trimmed to plate mark.
George Pocock (1774-1843) was an English schoolteacher and inventor of the 'Charvolant', a kite-drawn carriage. In 1826, he patented the design of his 'Charvolant' buggy, which used two kites on a single line to provide enough power to draw along a buggy carrying several passengers at considerable speed. This scene depicts five figures in the buggy, travelling along a road in the centre. The two well dressed figures at the back wave to onlookers on both sides.
The Aeropleustic Art, or Navigation in the Air, by the Use of Kites, or Buoyant Sails.
[Ref: 56975]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Eagle] Das erste Luft-Post-Schiff; genannt der Addler.
[The Eagle] Das erste Luft-Post-Schiff; genannt der Addler.
[n.d., c.1834].
Engraving, sheet 140 x 200mm (5½ x 8"). Cut and glued to backing sheet on top two corners. Some time staining.
A German diagram of one of the airships built by Count Lennox, a French colonel of infantry. He built one in France "constructed for establishing direct communication between the capitals of Europe," however before its first flight from the Champ de Mars in August 1834 the netting broke, the inflated balloon burst and spectators trampled the remains. Count Lennox built a second ship in London and exhibited it at the European Aeronautical Soceity which ran from June to August 1835 and later moved to Vauxhall gardens. No ascent in this balloon was ever made.
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[Balloon Ascent from the Gas Works, Lewes.]
[Balloon Ascent from the Gas Works, Lewes.]
T. Henwood del.t. C. Hullmandel lithog.
[n.d.c., 1828].
Lithograph, sheet 200 x 280mm (7¾ x 11). Trimmed. Repaired tears in edges.
A view of a hot air balloon Cuilfail, Lewes, from School Hill with Baxter’s printing office on the right. Charles Green (1785 –1870) and W.H. Gardiner, Esq made an ascent from Lewes gas works Monday 22nd September 1828.
[Ref: 57071]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Six railway satires] Commencing a few Lines. [&] I send you An Elementary Line
[Six railway satires] Commencing a few Lines. [&] I send you An Elementary Line [&] I send you A few Broken Lines. [&] A very important Line. [&] A long expected line. [&] May these lines reach their destination.
London. C. Clark, 6 Tudor Street, Blackfriars [n.d., c.1835].
Six aquatints on an album sheet. Various sizes, sheet size 270 x 230mm (10¾ x 9"). Aquatints trimmed and laid down on album sheet.
Extremely rare and interesting set of six satires punning on the word 'line' as in a line of a letter with: a surveyor's line; an open carriage of a train in bad weather; bankrupt railway companies; a railway bridge over a stormy strait with a ship floundering; a railway line from the Earth to the Sun, suspended from balloons; and a railway line running north-south over the Earth.
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Sketch of the Carriages on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
Sketch of the Carriages on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
Drawn by Henry Austen, March, 1832. Printed by George Smith.
Published by Thomas Taylor, Castle Street. [n.d. 1832.]
Hand coloured wood engraving. Sheet 155 x 300mm (6 x 11¾"). Creasing in the top left corner.
Two strips showing two trains of carriages, pulled by the steam locomotives 'Planet' (above) and 'Venus'; for passengers as well as wagons for livestock and goods. The line between Liverpool and Manchester was 31 miles (50 km) long and was built under the supervision of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway’s (LMR) chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848). Opened on 15 September 1830, it was the world’s first intercity railway. With numbered key to each car.
[Ref: 56999]   £360.00  
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