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Haining, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0529047055 / ISBN 13: 9780529047052
Published by World Publishing (1972), Other, 1972
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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180 pages, 13 3/4" x 9 3/4", brown leatherette with gilt stamping, illustrated throughout (black and white and color illustrations). A Very Good copy in a slightly chipped dj. Bookseller Inventory # 61608

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Publisher: World Publishing (1972), Other

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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The Balloon first carried man into the skies and although progress in the form of aeroplanes and, indeed, space rockets, has now passed it by, it still retains a grip on most people's imagination and fires a passion among a substantial number of enthusiasts who again ride the heavens In this remarkable book, the development of the Balloon, THE DREAM MACHINE is traced in words and pictures from the very earliest exploratory work of the Montgolfier Brothers right through to today's increasing band of pleasure-seeking aeronauts. What makes the book particularly outstanding is that the compiler has sought out the writings of the most famous balloonists themselves and augmented these with reports, stories and even poems by some of the great writers of the last two hundred years to present a quite unique personalized history of ballooning. These are the people who actually experienced what it was like to soar into the unknown skies on a prayer and some uncertain canvas! THE DREAM MACHINES draws on material from the three nations most closely involved with the emergence and perfection of ballooning, France, Britain and America - but through the Editor's far-flung research (many of the pictures and accounts herein are of considerable rarity and have not been generally available for many years) we get glimpses, too, of what was happening elsewhere in the world. It is a story of progress and experiment, of drama, excitement, pathos, and even death. Among the contributors to be found in these pages are: Benjamin Franklin, Etienne Montgolfier, Horace Walpole, Thomas Jefferson, Vincent Lunardi, George Cruikshank, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Coxwell, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Colette, and many more.

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