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Description des expériences de la machine aérostatique de MM. de Montgolfier (Paris: Cuchet, 1783).

  • 1783
  • Barthélemy Faujas-de-St.-Fond
  • 23 cm H
  • Rare Book Storage
  • Neville Rare Book Collection
  • RGNb10360402


The fall of 1783 saw a rash of ballooning experiments in Paris.  Franklin witnessed the first unmanned balloon ascend in Paris, and later signed his name to a report witnessing the first ascent of human passengers in a free balloon.  He famously remarked when onlookers questioned the ultimate utility of ballooning, “Eh! à quoi bon l’enfant qui vient de naître?” (“What use is a newborn baby?”)

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