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Second and Last Ascent of the Vauxhall Balloon, previously to its return to England. The authorities of Paris having most kindly once more granted the use of the barracks for this purpose, the last ascent of the celebrated Vauxhall and Nassau balloon will take place, as before, at the Rue du Faubourg Poissonniere at one O?Clock, next Monday, January 9, 1837 . to be conducted by Mr. Green being his 228th ascent.
(Paris:) Printed by Julius Didot, Senior, 4, Boulevard d?Enfer. 1837 8217 - Folio broadside on recto only on yellow paper, 5c circular tax stamp over 2 letters in title; 2 old folds. 41 x 25cm. v.g. An eccentric piece of printing using up to 14 different types, including a serif with the upper half of each letter angled diagonally right and then diagonally left creating a rather hallucinogenic perspective. Charles Green was a celebrated Victorian balloonist who made 526 ascents during a thirty-year career. In 1836 Green built the Great Nassau balloon for Gye and Hughes, proprietors of Vauxhall Gardens. Having later purchased the balloon for £500 he used it to make his most daring journey travelling 500 miles from Dover to Weilburg in Germany in November 1836. Later flying up to Paris, he made two journeys from the French capital, the second of which is advertised here.
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