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    Ballooning Archive. An amazing archive of early flight related to Paulo (Paolo) Andreani, who is documented as making the first self feed balloon ascent. Included in the archive is a detailed letter in which Andreani discusses a flight. The letter is written on plain paper, in Italian, and likely dates from 1784. The translation reads: "D. B. [Dear Brother] I come to Milan very quickly for two hours only, and at this moment I am coming back to your country of Moncucco. Today we have decided to make another temptative of flight, before beginning to make some modification to the machine since it is absolutely certain that what happened yesterday evening was due to the irregular combustion and not to the necessary maneuvers. Please keep this news for you since there is not a secure probability of a good result. I wanted only to inform you just to don't give you a surprise in case of success. My compliments to my sister in law and many thanks to her and to M. Castelli for their fruitless deplacement. I embrace you. From the house of Cavalchina the morning of Tuesday at 18 hours. Paolo". On the verso reads: "Moncucco Tuesday 24th Feb. 1774" [sic] in another hand. There is an announcement of a poem in honor of the "Courageous Don Paolo Andreani on the occasion of the celebrated cantate dedicated in his honor on the evening of Sunday March 1784 by the members of the Pius Association of Music", along with two booklets, which were extremely rare in those days. There are a diploma dated 1808 from the Arcadia Academy, and some passports from Italy, France, and Britain, issued to Andreani. Also included are two letters from friends of Andreani regarding life in Milan under Napoleon's rule. An incredible collection!

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