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Faujas de Saint-Fond, Barthélemy
Description des Expériences de la Machine aérostatique de MM. de Montgolfier et de celles auxquelles cette découverte a donné lieu
Chez Cuchet, rue & hôtel Serpente, Paris, 1783. First edition. Frontispiece (plate 5) and 8 further numbered plates plates partly engraved by Delaunay at back , folding table. xl, [1]-299, [3], [4, Supplement] pp. De l'Imprimerie de Chardon, rue de la Harpe, près de la Parcheménerie, 1783. 1 vols. 8vo (8-3/8 x 6-1/4 inches). The first standard work of an aerostation, UNCUT. Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond (1741-1819), was a very successful lawyer whose interest in natural history led him to become a geologist. He developed his own theory of volcanoes in the massive folio work, Recherches sur les volcans éteints du Vivarais et du Velay (Grenoble, 1778), which definitively proved the volcanic nature of basalt. He also was one of the most ardent supporters of ballooning. (DSB IV: 548-9.) He sponsored the first hydrogen balloon of the physicist J. A. C. Charles, who demonstrated balloon flight before the Montgolfiers, and invented the hydrogen balloon. He was a sponsor of the Montgofier Brothers and well as their Chronicler. This book is the first authoritative treatise on aerostation, and was translated into Italian, German, and Dutch by 1784. The 3 page supplement at the end of volume one describes the ascent of the Marquis d'Arlandes and Pilâtre de Roziers from the Château de la Muette and is the earliest record of this flight. Faujas "sera pour chaque expérience le témoin privilégié et le chroniqueur de ce qui devait être l'épopée, "la folie des ballons" (En Français dans le texte). Liebman-Wahl 978; PMM 229; Brockett 4377-8; Tissandier 21; Norman 769; Dibner, Heralds of Sc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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