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Description

Illustrating The Montgolfier Brothers Hot Air Balloon -- The First Manned Flight

Rare view of Paris, illustrating 4 different types of early hot air balloons.

The balloon to the right of the title is an early image of the hot air balloon flown by Joseph and Étienne Montgolfier of Ardèche in France, in Versailles in September 1783, the earliest recorded example of  manned flight.

The other images of hot air balloons are likely examples of early attempts at manned flight and may be an early Montgolfier prototype (left of the title) and examples of early models by other hot air balloon pioneers.

Rarity

The view is apparently unrecorded.

Condition Description
Minor foxing.