La Conquête des Airs, Reve Philosophique. Adolphe POUJOL.
La Conquête des Airs, Reve Philosophique.
La Conquête des Airs, Reve Philosophique.
La Conquête des Airs, Reve Philosophique.

La Conquête des Airs, Reve Philosophique.

Paris: Marchant, Editeur, 1834.

Octavo, 22 pp.; in the original printed blue paper wrappers preserved in a modern quarter cloth binding.

A short history of air travel, from Louis XVI to Napoleon

Rare first edition of this very early aeronautical fantasy, an impassioned plea for the aérostation (the hot-air balloon) as the next – and overdue – technological advancement.

Rare first edition of this very early aeronautical fantasy, an impassioned plea for the aérostation (the hot-air balloon) as the next – and overdue – technological advancement.

Poujol (1811-1898) is little-known, but was the author of an Hommage to Victor Hugo and a well-known dramatist at mid-century. This is without doubt one of his most eccentric works, the product of a sunny day in the Tivoli Gardens, in which he pondered the rise of the railway and reflected that air-travel seemed to have fallen out of fashion. Pointing out enthusiasts from Louis XVI to Napoleon, particularly the latter's dream of mounting a surprise invasion of England by air, Poujol published this small philosophical dream in the hope of encouraging renewed efforts by the inventors of the age. It is consequently a highly unusual example of an early work arguing for flight pure and simple as the next great breakthrough.

Very rare, with only a handful of copies recorded internationally (including the BNF).

Condition Report: A fine copy.

Price (AUD): $1,650.00

US$1,196.19   Other currencies

Ref: #3006514

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