Description[Ballooning]. M. Faujas de Saint-Ford. Description des experiences de la machine aérostatique de Mm. Montgolfier. Paris: Chez Cuchet, 1783. First edition.
Octavo (8.375 x 5.375 inches; 215 x 136 mm.). xl, 299, , [4, supplement] pages. Frontispiece and eight additional inserted plates; head- and tail-pieces. Perfect binding, marbled paper wrappers, holograph spine label; text block edges untrimmed. Creasing to backstrip, which is dulled just a shaded, with nicking at ends and over bands; both wrappers splitting from the bottom to about one-third of the way up the text block; wrappers lightly soiled and rubbed, with wear at edges. Text block edges curled and rumpled, with occasional spots of foxing and soiling scattered throughout interior; discoloration at fore-edges of first and final leaves, where not covered by wrappers; supplement laid in; plates appear to have been re-sewn at some point, with sloppier stitches sometimes extending into inner border of plates. Very good overall. Housed in custom half yellow morocco book-backed clamshell, with marbled paper-covered boards matching book wrappers.
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