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Londiniana; or Reminiscences of the British Metropolis: Including Characteristic Sketches, Antiquarian, Topographical, Descriptive, and Literary. Association copy with autograph note initialed by Edward Hawke Locker on early balloon flight. Four vols in three-quarter oasis niger morocco binding.
London: Hurst, Chance and Co, 1829 - First edition, four vols, foolscap 8vo ( 7 x 4½), pp. xxiv, 304, 64 duplicate pagination, 25 engraved plates some folding; xx, 312, 40 duplicate pagination, 30 engraved plates some folding; xx, 344, 23 engraved plates some folding, xx, 354, index, 2 adv, 25 engraved plates some folding. In all 103 engraved plates & maps, many folding, as called for in the List of Plates. Association copy with manuscript note by Edward Hawke Locker signed “EHL” in margins of pp. 308-309 in the section AEROSTATION.---ASCENTS OF MONSIOUR GARNERIN IN 1802 of vol 4. The text details balloon ascents & mentions that on Garnerin’s second balloon ascent “ he was accompanied by Edward Hawke Locker, jun. of Greenwich Hospital ” (p. 306). Locker has marked the text with an brown ink asterisk in the manner of a footnote where Garnerin’s published account of his parachute descent of July 5, 1802 is quoted: “‘ with a conscience void of reproach’ he severed the cord that suspended him between earth & heaven”. Locker’s ms. note says “Rather I fear a ‘conscience scared’ and remarks that “Soon after my voyage with Garnerin a person named Neville exposed him in the newspaper as having been one of Robes-pierre’s Colume while employed in the massacre of the aristocrats in the prisons of Paris EHL”. A remarkable association with unique comment connecting the Reign of Terror and an historic account of the balloon flight & parachute descent of July 5, 1802. Three-quarter London tan oasis niger morocco & marbled boards, backs in five compartments gilt lettered in the second & third gilt center ornaments in the rest, gilt date at foot, four raised bands. Very good clean bright copies in attractive bindings in fine condition. Sheets & plates clean, unmarked, complete. H6045 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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