A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS, AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART DESIGNED AS A HISTORY FOR THE COMMON READER, AND GUIDE TO THE STUDENT OF THE ART. IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS, IN 1782, AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES. ALSO, FULL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ART OF MAKING BALLOONS, PARACHUTES, ETC. ETC., AS ADAPTED TO THE PRACTICE OF AERIAL NAVIGATION, AND DIRECTIONS TO PREPARE EXPERIMENTAL BALLOONS. John WISE.

A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS, AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART DESIGNED AS A HISTORY FOR THE COMMON READER, AND GUIDE TO THE STUDENT OF THE ART. IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS, IN 1782, AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES. ALSO, FULL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ART OF MAKING BALLOONS, PARACHUTES, ETC. ETC., AS ADAPTED TO THE PRACTICE OF AERIAL NAVIGATION, AND DIRECTIONS TO PREPARE EXPERIMENTAL BALLOONS

Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, in the publisher's brown cloth; 310 pages with Errata slip tipped in. THE FIRST AMERICAN BOOK ON AERONAUTICS. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait and 12 lithographic plates, most illustrating famous balloons. Wise is considered to be the first American aeronaut of any consequence and made numerous contributions to the field including experiments with parachutes and the construction of air balloons. Scattered light to moderate foxing with little effect on the plates. Very light wear to the spine head, the cloth bright and fresh. Close to Fine and quite scarce as such. Item #013941

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