La Conquete des Airs, Reve Philosophique. Adolphe POUJOL.

La Conquete 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.

Rare first edition (NUC notes a single copy) of this very early aeronautical fantasy, an impassioned plea for the aƩrostation as the basis for a world of harmony and perfection.

Rare first edition (NUC notes a single copy) of this very early aeronautical fantasy, an impassioned plea for the aérostation as the basis for a world of harmony and perfection.

This rather odd piece of aeronautical history is dedicated to the regeneration of interest in travelling by air, 'cet enfant du dix-huitième siècle qui produirait en économie sociale, en morale, en politique, des résultats bien autrement merveilleux que ceux des chemins de fer'. M. Poujol sets the scene when he finds himself wandering around the Tivoli gardens on a particularly lovely day, pondering the wondrous future society of the air. It occurs to him that modern society is not devoting enough attention to the possibility of flight, an unnerving omission which he hopes to rectify with this account. As support, he takes time to point out that not only was the noted intellect Louis XVI a huge fan of the aeronaut, but he also suggests that Napoleon was very keen to try a surprise invasion of England by air.

Price (AUD): $2,400.00  other currencies Ref: #3006514

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