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Through the Air: A Narrative of Forty Years' Experience as an Aeronaut
Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago: To-Day Printing and Publishing, 1873. Pictorial Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Complete with 650 pages. Color frontispiece plus 77 wonderful black and white illustrations. Sound binding. Clean pages with light toning and occasional finger smudges. Five of the b/w illustrations have small closed margin tears; one has significant margin wear, and two have been colored. Some wear to cover, but embossed decorations and gilt lettering are in nice shape. Scarce and important aviation history classic. Wise, who built and flew his first balloon in 1835, became a barnstormer and made hundreds of ascents at fairs and events throughout the east. By 1879, Wise was the senior and most famous American aeronaut. After 44 years of flying and 463 ascents, Wise launched his balloon from East St. Louis, Illinois in high winds, which carried him over Lake Michigan. Neither he, nor his balloon, were ever seen again.
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