From Above the Clouds

Last year we featured the Montgolfier brothers and the first hot-air balloon flight in June, 1783. This year the view from above the clouds is wonderfully represented by this volume from just a few years later, Airopaidia: containing the narrative of a balloon excursion from Chester, the eighth of September, 1785. A description from the Libraries catalog: Airopaidia: containing the narrative of a balloon excursion from Chester, the eighth of September, 1785, taken from minutes made during the voyage: hints on the improvement of balloons . . . to which is subjoined mensuration of heights by the barometer, made plain; with extensive tables. The whole serving as an introduction to aërial navigation. With a copious index. —Elizabeth Periale Image: Thomas Baldwin, Airopaidia: containing the narrative of a balloon excursion from Chester, the eighth of September, 1785,, 1786, A Balloon Prospect from above the Clouds. More images can be found in the Libraries' Galaxy of images.

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