Les Avantures du voyageur aerien. Histoire Espagnolle. Avec les Paniers, où la vieille Prétieuse Comedie. Marc-Antoine LEGRAND, traditional attribution.
Les Avantures du voyageur aerien. Histoire Espagnolle. Avec les Paniers, où la vieille Prétieuse Comedie.

Les Avantures du voyageur aerien…
Les Avantures du voyageur aerien. Histoire Espagnolle. Avec les Paniers, où la vieille Prétieuse Comedie.

Paris: André Cailleau, 1724.

Octavo, uncut in original soft boards, faded ms. title on spine; in a fitted box.

The adventures of a flying voyager

First edition, rare: an extremely early fantasy of air travel to an imagined land, which went through several eighteenth-century editions, notably being included in Garnier's imaginary voyage anthology alongside Paltock's flying adventurers (see catalogue no. XXXX) and a major work of science fiction by Voltaire, Le Micromégas. The novel is of great significance for the history of flight and for the more fabulous tradition of imaginary voyage books.

First edition, rare: an extremely early fantasy of air travel to an imagined land, which went through several eighteenth-century editions, notably being included in Garnier's imaginary voyage anthology alongside Paltock's flying adventurers (see catalogue no. XXXX) and a major work of science fiction by Voltaire, Le Micromégas. The novel is of great significance for the history of flight and for the more fabulous tradition of imaginary voyage books.

Despite its interest, the author remains a bit of an unknown quantity: the attribution to the playwright Marc-Antoine Legrand (1673-1728) has always been speculative, and now looks shakier than ever thanks to recent investigations by Ray Howgego.

Provenance: Old owner's name in ink to title-page ('Ghalldin'?), a second ink note for 'Nowby Bibliotek,' and modern owner's stamp of 'Frdr. Langenberg' on the bottom margin of the title-page.

Not in Gove.

Condition Report: Small piece missing at base of spine, some wear to binding but an appealing copy in original conditio

Price (AUD): $2,700.00

US$1,930.09   Other currencies

Ref: #5000523

Condition Report