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Memo 1 How to build & fly hydrogen & hot air balloons. [Buy it!]

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John Wise:  19.64 Biblio Cornell Books Limited  Clemmons [NC]: Hat in the Ring Press, 1984. Facsimile of an extract from a book published in 1850 (softcover). 8vo, [v], pp271-310. 3 plates. Original printed card wrappers. Bookplate to the inside of the front cover, else this copy is in very good condition. The original work was entitled "A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art." Clemmons [NC]: Hat in the Ring Press, 1984. GB  
Memo 2 How to build & fly hydrogen & hot air balloons.[Buy it!]

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John Wise:  19.65 AbebooksUK Cornell Books Limited  [publisher: Clemmons [NC]: Hat in the Ring Press, 1984.] Facsimile of an extract from a book published in 1850 (softcover). 8vo, [v], pp271-310. 3 plates. Original printed card wrappers. Bookplate to the inside of the front cover, else this copy is in very good condition. The original work was entitled "A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art." [Tewkesbury, United Kingdom]  
Memo 3 How to Build & Fly Hydrogen & Hot Air Balloons[Buy it!]

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John Wise  29.09 Alibris Cornell Books via Alibris  Clemmons [NC]: Hat in the Ring Press, 1984 Facsimile of an extract from a book published in 1850 (softcover). 8vo, [v], pp271-310. 3 plates. Original printed card wrappers. Bookplate to the inside of the front cover, else this copy is in very good condition. The original work was entitled "A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art."  
Memo 4 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. : Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers in 1782 and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also full instructions in the art of making balloons ... / By John Wise ... 1850 SUPER DELUXE EDITION [Buy it!]

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By John Wise ...  74.99 Biblio Gyan Books  2018. SUPER DELUXE EDITION. New. Antique look with Golden Leaf Printing and embossing with round Spine completely handmade binding(extra customization on request like Color Leather, Colored book, special gold leaf printing etc.) Reprinted in 2018 with the help of original edition published long back [1850]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure in old look so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - eng. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED. (Normal Hardbound Edition is also available on request.) 2018. IN  
Memo 5 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. : Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers in 1782 and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also full instructions in the art of making balloons ... / By John Wise ... 1850 SUPER DELUXE EDITION [Buy it!]

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By John Wise ...  74.99 Biblio Gyan Books  2018. SUPER DELUXE EDITION. New. Antique look with Golden Leaf Printing and embossing with round Spine completely handmade binding(extra customization on request like Color Leather, Colored book, special gold leaf printing etc.) Reprinted in 2018 with the help of original edition published long back [1850]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure in old look so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - eng. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED. (Normal Hardbound Edition is also available on request.) 2018. IN  
Memo 6 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. : Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers in 1782 and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also full instructions in the art of making balloons ... / By John Wise ... 1850 SUPER DELUXE EDITION [Buy it!]

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By John Wise ...  74.99 Biblio Gyan Books  2018. SUPER DELUXE EDITION. New. Antique look with Golden Leaf Printing and embossing with round Spine completely handmade binding(extra customization on request like Color Leather, Colored book, special gold leaf printing etc.) Reprinted in 2018 with the help of original edition published long back [1850]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure in old look so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - eng. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED. (Normal Hardbound Edition is also available on request.) 2018. IN  
Memo 7 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AERONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME [Buy it!]

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Wise John  135.00 Biblio Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books  New York: Arno Press, 1972 Continuation of the extended title reads; "With an Account of The Author's Most Important Air-Voyages and his Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes. Also, An Appendix, In Which Are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons." An expanded edition of "System of Aeronautics," first published in 1850. This Arno issue reprints the 1873 To-Day Printing and Publishing Company edition. Wise was a pioneer in the field of ballooning making over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. 650 pages with numerous full-page woodcut engravings of balloons in flight and of balloon types. Bound in light blue cloth with lettering and illustration in gilt. A fine and bright copy.. Facsimile reprint. Hardcover. 1972. Arno Press 0405037872 US  
Memo 8 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AËRONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME.[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  135.00 Abebooks Robert Gavora, Fine & Rare Books  [publisher: Arno Press, New York] First Edition Continuation of the extended title reads; "With an Account of The Author's Most Important Air-Voyages and his Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes. Also, An Appendix, In Which Are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons." An expanded edition of "System of Aeronautics," first published in 1850. This Arno issue reprints the 1873 To-Day Printing and Publishing Company edition. Wise was a pioneer in the field of ballooning making over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. 650 pages with numerous full-page woodcut engravings of balloons in flight and of balloon types. Bound in light blue cloth with lettering and illustration in gilt. A fine and bright copy. [Talent, OR, U.S.A.]  
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Wise, John.  157.21 AbebooksUK Parveen Papers  [publisher: Arno., New York.] 650pp, illustrated. 'A narrative of forty years experience as an aeronaut comprising a history of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means from the earliest period down to the present time.' A reprint from the 1873 edition -' with an account of the authors most important air voyages and his many thrilling adventures and hairbreadth escapes. also an appendix in which are given full instructions for the manufacture and management of balloons.' Clean and tight-crease to fep-manufacturing fault. 1kg Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Bradford., United Kingdom]  
Memo 10 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers in 1782 and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also full instructions in the art of making balloons [Buy it!]

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Wise John  245.00 Biblio SequiturBooks  J.A. Speel, 1850-01-01. First Edition. Paperback. Acceptable. Bound in publisher's brown cloth. Spine head chipped, with minor loss. xvi, [17]-310 p. 13 plates of balloons, parachutes, frontispiece portrait, etc. 23 cm. Heavy foxing / spotting throughout. Plates are generally clean. Note: An enlarged edition was issued in 1873 under title "Through the air." Wise was an aeronautic innovator attributed to the first airmail delivery in 1859 (balloonmail). He served as Chief Aeronaut of the Union during the Civil War. 1850. J.A. Speel US  
Memo 11 A System of Aeronautics, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art. Designed as a History for the Common Reader, and Guide to the Student of the Art. in Three Parts. Containing an Account of the Various Attempts in the Art...[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  250.00 Alibris Sequitur Books via Alibris  J.A. Speel 1850-01-01 First Edition Paperback Fair Bound in publisher"s brown cloth. Spine head chipped, with minor loss. xvi, [17]-310 p. 13 plates of balloons, parachutes, frontispiece portrait, etc. 23 cm. Heavy foxing / spotting throughout. Plates are generally clean. Note: An enlarged edition was issued in 1873 under title "Through the air." Wise was an aeronautic innovator attributed to the first airmail delivery in 1859 (balloonmail). He served as Chief Aeronaut of the Union during the Civil War.  
Memo 12 A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader, and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means, from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also, full instructions in the art of making balloons[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  250.00 Abebooks Sequitur Books  [publisher: J.A. Speel] First Edition Bound in publisher's brown cloth. Spine head chipped, with minor loss. xvi, [17]-310 p. 13 plates of balloons, parachutes, frontispiece portrait, etc. 23 cm. Heavy foxing / spotting throughout. Plates are generally clean. Note: An enlarged edition was issued in 1873 under title "Through the air." Wise was an aeronautic innovator attributed to the first airmail delivery in 1859 (balloonmail). He served as Chief Aeronaut of the Union during the Civil War. [Boonsboro, MD, U.S.A.]  
Memo 13 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AARONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME. WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S MOST IMPORTANT AIR VOYAGES AND HIS MANY THRILLING ADVENTURES AND HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES ALSO AN APPENDIX IN WHICH ARE GIVEN FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MANUFACTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF BALLOONS [Buy it!]

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Wise John  275.00 ABAA William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB  Philadelphia: To-Day Printing and Publishing, 1873. 650pp. plus plates. Thick octavo. Pictorial brown cloth, decorated in gilt and black. Chromo litho frontispiece and 77 black & white plates after engravings by various artists. Lightly dusty, minor foxing, light spotting and creasing to endsheets and preliminary leaves, extremities frayed and shelfworn, top edge of lower board damp-dulled, small adhesion blemish in corner of upper board. Just a sound copy. An enlarged edition of the author"s SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850). Wise (1808-1879) was the most famous American aeronaut of his day, and contributed greatly to refinements in the technology. He made the first flight of local airmail delivery in 1859. He was presumed lost in 1879 while in flight near Lake Michigan. 1873. To-Day Printing and Publishing US  
Memo 14 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AARONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME. WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S MOST IMPORTANT AIR VOYAGES AND HIS MANY THRILLING ADVENTURES AND HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES ALSO AN APPENDIX IN WHICH ARE GIVEN FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MANUFACTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF BALLOONS [Buy it!]

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Wise John  275.00 Biblio William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB  Philadelphia: To-Day Printing and Publishing, 1873. 650pp. plus plates. Thick octavo. Pictorial brown cloth, decorated in gilt and black. Chromo litho frontispiece and 77 black & white plates after engravings by various artists. Lightly dusty, minor foxing, light spotting and creasing to endsheets and preliminary leaves, extremities frayed and shelfworn, top edge of lower board damp-dulled, small adhesion blemish in corner of upper board. Just a sound copy. An enlarged edition of the author"s SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850). Wise (1808-1879) was the most famous American aeronaut of his day, and contributed greatly to refinements in the technology. He made the first flight of local airmail delivery in 1859. He was presumed lost in 1879 while in flight near Lake Michigan. 1873. To-Day Printing and Publishing US  
Memo 15 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AËRONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME. WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S MOST IMPORTANT AIR- VOYAGES AND HIS MANY THRILLING ADVENTURES AND HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES ALSO, AN APPENDIX IN WHICH ARE GIVEN FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MANUFACTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF BALLOONS[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  275.00 Abebooks William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA  [publisher: To-Day Printing and Publishing, Philadelphia] 650pp. plus plates. Thick octavo. Pictorial brown cloth, decorated in gilt and black. Chromo litho frontispiece and 77 black & white plates after engravings by various artists. Lightly dusty, minor foxing, light spotting and creasing to endsheets and preliminary leaves, extremities frayed and shelfworn, top edge of lower board damp-dulled, small adhesion blemish in corner of upper board. Just a sound copy. An enlarged edition of the author's SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850). Wise (1808-1879) was the most famous American aeronaut of his day, and contributed greatly to refinements in the technology. He made the first flight of local airmail delivery in 1859. He was presumed lost in 1879 while in flight near Lake Michigan. [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]  
Memo 16 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. [Buy it!]

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Wise John.  400.00 ABAA Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)  Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. 8vo. Frontis., xvi, [17]–310 pp.; 13 plts. (incl. frontis.) First edition. By an American pioneer in aeronautics. Some innovative proposals include achieving a forced descent by using the balloon as a parachute; a plan for a transatlantic voyage; and a plan to bombard Vera Cruz with percussion shells and torpedoes by maneuvering a balloon a mile above the city, and out of the range of the guns, by means of a five-mile cable attached to a warship. Illustrated with 13 plates of balloons, parachutes, and some of its component parts.    The sub-title reads: Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means, from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also, full instructions in the art of making balloons, parachutes, etc. etc., as adapted to the practice of aerial navigation, and directions to prepare experimental balloons. Contemporary black cloth, pressure-stamped on front and back covers by a now-defunct library; both covers, front endpapers, frontispiece, and pp. 305 to end detached, cloth of spine completely gone; cloth peeling over front cover. Frontispiece chipped at lower inner corner, not affecting illustration. Moderate soiling on lower portion of title-page. Pages toned (with occasional traces of soil) in margins; a ...  
Memo 17 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART... [Buy it!]

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Wise John  400.00 ABAA William Reese Company - Americana  Philadelphia, 1850. 310pp. plus 12 lithographed plates and frontispiece portrait. Large octavo. Original brown publisher"s cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Cloth worn and dampstained at fore edge, heavily on front board. Head and foot of spine chipped. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light dampstaining and foxing throughout. Fair. Wise offers a detailed history of ballooning in Europe and America, and describes his flights and experiments, with many practical suggestions concerning ballooning. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" - AERONAUTICA AMERICANA. "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author"s flights during the middle years of the 19th century" - Gamble. "Wise"s demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles [set in 1859] definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850) and THROUGH THE AIR (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind" - DAB. The attractive plates illustrate various styles of balloons and flying machines. AERONAUTIC AMERICANA 28. GAMBLE, HISTORY OF AERONAUTICS. 1850. US  
Memo 18 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. [Buy it!]

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Wise John.  400.00 Biblio Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)  Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. 8vo. Frontis., xvi, [17]–310 pp.; 13 plts. (incl. frontis.) First edition. By an American pioneer in aeronautics. Some innovative proposals include achieving a forced descent by using the balloon as a parachute; a plan for a transatlantic voyage; and a plan to bombard Vera Cruz with percussion shells and torpedoes by maneuvering a balloon a mile above the city, and out of the range of the guns, by means of a five-mile cable attached to a warship. Illustrated with 13 plates of balloons, parachutes, and some of its component parts.    The sub-title reads: Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means, from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also, full instructions in the art of making balloons, parachutes, etc. etc., as adapted to the practice of aerial navigation, and directions to prepare experimental balloons. Contemporary black cloth, pressure-stamped on front and back covers by a now-defunct library; both covers, front endpapers, frontispiece, and pp. 305 to end detached, cloth of spine completely gone; cloth peeling over front cover. Frontispiece chipped at lower inner corner, not affecting illustration. Moderate soiling on lower portion of title-page. Pages toned (with occasional traces of soil) in margins; a ...  
Memo 19 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART... [Buy it!]

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Wise John  400.00 Biblio William Reese Company - Americana  Philadelphia, 1850. 310pp. plus 12 lithographed plates and frontispiece portrait. Large octavo. Original brown publisher"s cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Cloth worn and dampstained at fore edge, heavily on front board. Head and foot of spine chipped. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light dampstaining and foxing throughout. Fair. Wise offers a detailed history of ballooning in Europe and America, and describes his flights and experiments, with many practical suggestions concerning ballooning. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" - AERONAUTICA AMERICANA. "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author"s flights during the middle years of the 19th century" - Gamble. "Wise"s demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles [set in 1859] definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850) and THROUGH THE AIR (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind" - DAB. The attractive plates illustrate various styles of balloons and flying machines. AERONAUTIC AMERICANA 28. GAMBLE, HISTORY OF AERONAUTICS. 1850. US  
Memo 20 A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader, and guide to the student of the art. In three parts.[Buy it!]

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Wise, John.  400.00 Abebooks SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB)  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel, Philadelphia] First Edition First edition. By an American pioneer in aeronautics. Some innovative proposals include achieving a forced descent by using the balloon as a parachute; a plan for a transatlantic voyage; and a plan to bombard Vera Cruz with percussion shells and torpedoes by maneuvering a balloon a mile above the city, and out of the range of the guns, by means of a five-mile cable attached to a warship. Illustrated with 13 plates of balloons, parachutes, and some of its component parts. The sub-title reads: Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means, from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial voyages. Also, full instructions in the art of making balloons, parachutes, etc. etc., as adapted to the practice of aerial navigation, and directions to prepare experimental balloons. 8vo. Frontis., xvi, [17]?310 pp.; 13 plts. (incl. frontis.) Contemporary black cloth, pressure-stamped on front and back covers by a now-defunct library; both covers, front endpapers, frontispiece, and pp. 305 to end detached, cloth of spine completely gone; cloth peeling over front cover. Frontispiece chipped at lower inner corner, not affecting illustration. Moderate soiling on lower portion of title-page. Pages toned (with occasional traces of soil) ...  
Memo 21 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS, AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART.[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  400.00 Abebooks William Reese Company - Americana  [publisher: Philadelphia] 310pp. plus 12 lithographed plates and frontispiece portrait. Large octavo. Original brown publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Cloth worn and dampstained at fore edge, heavily on front board. Head and foot of spine chipped. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light dampstaining and foxing throughout. Fair. Wise offers a detailed history of ballooning in Europe and America, and describes his flights and experiments, with many practical suggestions concerning ballooning. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" - AERONAUTICA AMERICANA. "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author's flights during the middle years of the 19th century" - Gamble. "Wise's demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles [set in 1859] definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850) and THROUGH THE AIR (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind" - DAB. The attractive plates illustrate various styles of balloons and flying machines. AERONAUTIC AMERICANA 28. GAMBLE, HISTORY OF AERONAUTICS. [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]  
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Wise, John  715.00 Abebooks Bookseller, Inc., ABAA  First Edition (AVIATION) Wise, John. A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations and Modern Practice of the Art. With a Brief History of the Author's Fifteen Years' Experience in Aerial Voyages, etc, etc. Philadelphia, 1850. 310p, 1 portrait, 12 plates, some wear to edges, foxing, g-vg. 1st edition. "Wise's demonstrations of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to be considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850) and THROUGH THE AIR give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." DAB Vol. XX. Very scarce. [Akron, OH, U.S.A.]  
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Wise John  747.50 Biblio The Bookseller, Inc.  1850. (AVIATION) Wise, John. A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations and Modern Practice of the Art... With a Brief History of the Author's Fifteen Years' Experience in Aerial Voyages, etc, etc. Philadelphia, 1850. 310p, 1 portrait, 12 plates, some wear to edges, foxing, g-vg. 1st edition. "Wise's demonstrations of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to be considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850) and THROUGH THE AIR give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." DAB Vol. XX. Very scarce. 1850. US  
Memo 24 System of Aeronautics Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations [Buy it!]

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WISE John  750.00 Biblio George S. MacManus Company  WISE, John. A System of Aeronautics, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art. Designed as a History for the Common Reader, and Guide to the Student of the Art. In Three Parts. Containing an Account of the various Attempts in the Art of Flying by Artificial Means, from the earliest Period Down to the Discovery of the Aeronautic Machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a Later Period. With a Brief History of the Author's Fifteen Years' Experience in Aerial Voyages. Also, Full Instructions in the art of Making Balloons, Parachutes, etc. etc, as Adapted to the Practice of Aerial Navigation, and Directions to Prepare Experimental Balloons. Phila.: Joseph A. Speek, 1850. 1st ed. 310pp. Portrait frontis., 12 lithographic plates, errata slip. Orig. blindstamped cloth. Wear to spine ends and corners, light scattered foxing, else very good. One of the earliest American works relating to aeronautics. The author made his first ascension in 1835 in Philadelphia. Wise died in a ballooning accident in 1879, disappearing over Lake Michigan. US  
Memo 25 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AERONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME [Buy it!]

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Wise John  750.00 Biblio Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books  Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago: To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, 1873 Continuation of the extended title reads; "With an Account of The Author's Most Important Air-Voyages and his Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes. Also, An Appendix, In Which Are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons." An expanded edition of "System of Aeronautics," first published in 1850. Wise was a pioneer in the field of ballooning making over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. 650 pages with numerous full-page woodcut engravings of balloons in flight and of balloon types. Bound in brown cloth with lettering, border and illustration on the front cover and spine in black and gilt. The same illustration, border and lettering are stamped in blind on the rear cover. Tissue guard over the frontis shows a few spots of foxing. A very good copy.. First Edition. Hardcover. 1873. To-Day Printing and Publishing Company US  
Memo 26 THROUGH THE AIR: A NARRATIVE OF FORTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS AN AËRONAUT. COMPRISING A HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME.[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  750.00 Abebooks Robert Gavora, Fine & Rare Books  [publisher: To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago] First Edition Continuation of the extended title reads; "With an Account of The Author's Most Important Air-Voyages and his Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes. Also, An Appendix, In Which Are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons." An expanded edition of "System of Aeronautics," first published in 1850. Wise was a pioneer in the field of ballooning making over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. 650 pages with numerous full-page woodcut engravings of balloons in flight and of balloon types. Bound in brown cloth with lettering, border and illustration on the front cover and spine in black and gilt. The same illustration, border and lettering are stamped in blind on the rear cover. Tissue guard over the frontis shows a few spots of foxing. A very good copy. [Talent, OR, U.S.A.]  
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Wise, John  780.00 Alibris The Bookseller, Inc. via Alibris  1850 (AVIATION) Wise, John. A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations and Modern Practice of the Art...With a Brief History of the Author"s Fifteen Years" Experience in Aerial Voyages, etc, etc. Philadelphia, 1850. 310p, 1 portrait, 12 plates, some wear to edges, foxing, g-vg. 1st edition. "Wise"s demonstrations of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to be considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS (1850) and THROUGH THE AIR give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." DAB Vol. XX. Very scarce.  
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Wise, John  800.00 Abebooks Lowry's Books  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel, Philadelphia] John Wise (1808-1879) was the first American aeronaut of significance. His first balloon ascention was in 1835. In total he made 462 ascensions, until September 29 1879 when his final ascension ended disastrously in Lake Michigan. A true scientist, he observed the east west jet stream and designed equipment such as the ripcord. He promoted the use of balloons in both transportation and warfare. He devised a plan to capture Vera Cruz during the Mexican War that was never implemented. He participated in Military ascension during the Civil War, presumably firing the first hostile shot from an airborne contrivance over Arlington Virginia. This rebound copy has the original cloth adhered to both boards and the spine area. Page 157/158 has a chip out that eliminated about 1/2x1in. of textblock. this has been repaired with a photogcopy of the original. Page 275/276 is torn, this has also been repaired. A copy of Frontisportrait laid in. All 12 plates are present and complete with a little smudging and foxing. There is a 1in. stain {possible water} on the first half dozen pages. Slight foxing throughout. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Three Rivers, MI, U.S.A.]  
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WISE, John.  825.00 Abebooks G.S. MacManus Co., ABAA  [publisher: 0] First Edition WISE, John. A System of Aeronautics, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art. Designed as a History for the Common Reader, and Guide to the Student of the Art. In Three Parts. Containing an Account of the various Attempts in the Art of Flying by Artificial Means, from the earliest Period Down to the Discovery of the Aeronautic Machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a Later Period. With a Brief History of the Author's Fifteen Years' Experience in Aerial Voyages. Also, Full Instructions in the art of Making Balloons, Parachutes, etc. etc, as Adapted to the Practice of Aerial Navigation, and Directions to Prepare Experimental Balloons. Phila.: Joseph A. Speek, 1850. 1st ed. 310pp. Portrait frontis., 12 lithographic plates, errata slip. Orig. blindstamped cloth. Wear to spine ends and corners, light scattered foxing, else very good. One of the earliest American works relating to aeronautics. The author made his first ascension in 1835 in Philadelphia. Wise died in a ballooning accident in 1879, disappearing over Lake Michigan. [Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S.A.]  
Memo 30 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART... IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS IN 1792 AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES... [Buy it!]

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Wise John.  850.00 ABAA Michael Ginsberg Books  Phla, 1850. First edition. 310pp., errata slip. Illus., portrait and 12 plates of balloons and flying machines. Original cloth.Lacks the front flleaf. Some foxing throughout. Very nice copy with a bright gold stamped spine. Randers-Pehrson 28: "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his efforts to find useful applications for the balloon." Brockett 12945. 1850. US  
Memo 31 Through the Air: A Narrative of Forty Years' Experience as an Aeronaut. Comprising a History of the Various Attempts in the Art of Flying by Artificial Means from the Earliest Period Down to the Present with an Account of the Author's Most Important Air Voyages and His Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes Also An Appendix in Which are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons. [Buy it!]

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Wise John.  850.00 ABAA The Hermitage Bookshop, Member ABAA  To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, Philadelphia: 1873. Revised edition, first printing. Light foxing throughout, more so to margins of plates, frontis tissue guard and title page browned and foxed. A wide margined copy in a fine, but simple modern binding. Color frontis and numerous full page b&w engravings throughout. 1873. To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, Philadelphia: 1873. Revised edition, first printing. US  
Memo 32 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART... IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS IN 1792 AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES... [Buy it!]

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Wise John.  850.00 Biblio Michael Ginsberg Books  Phla, 1850. First edition. 310pp., errata slip. Illus., portrait and 12 plates of balloons and flying machines. Original cloth.Lacks the front flleaf. Some foxing throughout. Very nice copy with a bright gold stamped spine. Randers-Pehrson 28: "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his efforts to find useful applications for the balloon." Brockett 12945. 1850. US  
Memo 33 Through the Air: A Narrative of Forty Years' Experience as an Aeronaut. Comprising a History of the Various Attempts in the Art of Flying by Artificial Means from the Earliest Period Down to the Present with an Account of the Author's Most Important Air Voyages and His Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes Also An Appendix in Which are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons. [Buy it!]

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Wise John.  850.00 Biblio The Hermitage Bookshop, Member ABAA  To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, Philadelphia: 1873. Revised edition, first printing. Light foxing throughout, more so to margins of plates, frontis tissue guard and title page browned and foxed. A wide margined copy in a fine, but simple modern binding. Color frontis and numerous full page b&w engravings throughout. 1873. To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, Philadelphia: 1873. Revised edition, first printing. US  
Memo 34 A System of Aeronautics, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art...in Three Parts. Containing an Account of the Various Attempts in the Art of Flying By Artificial Means From the Earliest Period Down to the Discovery of...[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  850.00 Alibris Ginsberg Books via Alibris  Phla 1850 First edition 310pp., errata slip. Illus., portrait and 12 plates of balloons and flying machines. Original cloth. Lacks the front flleaf. Some foxing throughout. Very nice copy with a bright gold stamped spine. Randers-Pehrson 28: "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his efforts to find useful applications for the balloon." Brockett 12945.  
Memo 35 Through the Air: A Narrative of Forty Years' Experience as an Aeronaut. Comprising a History of the Various Attempts in the Art of Flying by Artificial Means from the Earliest Period Down to the Present, with an Account of the Author's Most Important Air-Voyages and His Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes, Also, An Appendix in Which are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons.[Buy it!]

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Wise, John.  850.00 Abebooks THE HERMITAGE BOOKSHOP ABAA Member  [publisher: To-Day Printing and Publishing Company,, Philadelphia:] First Edition Revised edition, first printing. Modern butterscotch calf-backed marbled boards. Light foxing throughout, more so to margins of plates, frontis tissue guard and title page browned and foxed. A wide margined copy in a fine, but simple modern binding. [Denver, CO, U.S.A.]  
Memo 36 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS, AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART. IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS, IN 1792, AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES.[Buy it!]

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Wise, John.  850.00 Abebooks MICHAEL GINSBERG BOOKS  [publisher: Phla] First Edition 310pp., errata slip. Illus., portrait and 12 plates of balloons and flying machines. Original cloth.Lacks the front flleaf. Some foxing throughout. Very nice copy with a bright gold stamped spine. Randers-Pehrson 28: "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his efforts to find useful applications for the balloon." Brockett 12945. [North Easton, MA, U.S.A.]  
Memo 37 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts [Buy it!]

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Wise John  862.50 ABAA Rulon-Miller Books  Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi, [17]-310; errata slip tipped in after the title page; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece, 12 lithograph plates; original brown cloth, gilt-stamped spine; spine ends chipped level with text block, corners worn, the binding slightly skewed; all else very good and sound. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" (Aeronautica Americana). Gamble notes: "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author's flights during the middle years of the 19th century." And also in DAB: "Wise's demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A System of Aeronautics (1850) and Through the Air (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." Aeronautica Americana 28. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
Memo 38 A system of aeronautics comprehending its earliest investigations and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader and guide to the student of the art. In three parts [Buy it!]

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Wise John  862.50 Biblio Rulon-Miller Books  Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi, [17]-310; errata slip tipped in after the title page; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece, 12 lithograph plates; original brown cloth, gilt-stamped spine; spine ends chipped level with text block, corners worn, the binding slightly skewed; all else very good and sound. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" (Aeronautica Americana). Gamble notes: "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author's flights during the middle years of the 19th century." And also in DAB: "Wise's demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A System of Aeronautics (1850) and Through the Air (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." Aeronautica Americana 28. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
Memo 39 A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader, and guide to the student of the art. In three parts[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  937.50 Abebooks Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel, Philadelphia] First Edition First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi, [17]-310; errata slip tipped in after the title page; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece, 12 lithograph plates; original brown cloth, gilt-stamped spine; spine ends chipped level with text block, corners worn, the binding slightly skewed; all else very good and sound. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" (Aeronautica Americana). Gamble notes: "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author's flights during the middle years of the 19th century." And also in DAB: "Wise's demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A System of Aeronautics (1850) and Through the Air (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." Aeronautica Americana 28. [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]  
Memo 40 A System of Aeronautics, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art. Designed as a History for the Common Reader, and Guide to the Student of the Art. in Three Parts[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  942.50 Alibris Rulon-Miller Books via Alibris  Philadelphia Joseph A. Speel 1850 First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi, [17]-310; errata slip tipped in after the title page; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece, 12 lithograph plates; original brown cloth, gilt-stamped spine; spine ends chipped level with text block, corners worn, the binding slightly skewed; all else very good and sound. "John Wise was the most famous of all American aeronauts. He made his first ascension in 1835 and devoted the rest of his life to aeronautics, tireless in his effort to find useful applications for the balloon" (Aeronautica Americana). Gamble notes: "Early history of balloons and parachutes, with accounts of the author"s flights during the middle years of the 19th century." And also in DAB: "Wise"s demonstrations regarding the safety of balloons, his invention of the rip panel, and his long-distance record of 804 miles definitely establish his right to being considered the first American aeronaut of any consequence. His writings, A System of Aeronautics (1850) and Through the Air (1873), give evidence of an original, searching, and impartial mind." Aeronautica Americana 28.  
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Wise John  950.00 ABAA Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints  8vo, publisher’s cloth, nicely rebacked using the original backstrip, portrait frontispiece and 12 lithographed plates, 310pp. Foxing mostly to text, light staining in bottom margin of first few signatures, some very minor wear on binding. John Wise (1808-1879) was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1808. He started out as a cabinet maker, but soon turned to ballooning. In 1835 he but his first balloon and went on his first flight. He went on 463 accents over a 44 year career, but he never returned from has last accent made over Lake Michigan in 1879. This book is considered an excellent source of information on early flight, and is one of the earliest American works on the subject. In addition to covering the early history of attempts at flight, Wise also talks about his own experiences. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
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Wise John  950.00 Biblio Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints  8vo, publisher’s cloth, nicely rebacked using the original backstrip, portrait frontispiece and 12 lithographed plates, 310pp. Foxing mostly to text, light staining in bottom margin of first few signatures, some very minor wear on binding. John Wise (1808-1879) was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1808. He started out as a cabinet maker, but soon turned to ballooning. In 1835 he but his first balloon and went on his first flight. He went on 463 accents over a 44 year career, but he never returned from has last accent made over Lake Michigan in 1879. This book is considered an excellent source of information on early flight, and is one of the earliest American works on the subject. In addition to covering the early history of attempts at flight, Wise also talks about his own experiences. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
Memo 43 1850 1ed System of Aeronautics Wise HOT AIR BALLOON Illustrated Flight Invention[Buy it!]

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John Wise  950.00 Abebooks Schilb Antiquarian  [publisher: Philadelphia, J.A. Speel, 1850.] First Edition 1850 1ed System of Aeronautics Wise HOT AIR BALLOON Illustrated Flight Invention Extremely Rare & Important Aviation Comp@$2250+ An incredible 1st edition book on aeronautics, flight, and hot air ballooning by John Wise! John Wise (1808 – 1879) was a pioneer in the field of ballooning. He made over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. His balloon, The Jupiter carried 123 letters to make the first official airmail delivery run for the US Post Office in 1859. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (1740 –1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (1745 –1799) were the inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. The brothers succeeded in launching the first piloted ascent, carrying Étienne into the sky. We find other examples of this same 1850 1st edition for sale elsewhere for over $2,250! Main author: John Wise Title: A system of aeronautics, comprehending its earliest investigations, and modern practice and art. Designed as a history for the common reader, and guide to the student of the art. In three parts. Containing an account of the various attempts in the art of flying by artificial means, from the earliest period down to the discovery of the aeronautic machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in aerial ...  
Memo 44 A System of Aeronautics, comprehending its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art. Designed as a history for the common reader, and guide to the student of the art. In Three Parts. [signed by the author][Buy it!]

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Wise, John [signed]  950.00 Abebooks Riverby Books  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel. Philadelphia.] First Edition Hardcover. Brown cloth over boards, blindstamped with decorations. Brown cloth worn off on the bottom edges of the boards; corners bumped, but binding tight. Title continues from above: "In three parts: containing an Account of the various attempts in the Art of Flying by Artificial Means, from the Earliest Period down to the Discovery of the Aeronautic Machine by the Montgolfiers, in 1782, and to a later period. With a brief history of the author's fifteen years' experience in Aerial Voyages. Also, full instructions in the art of making balloonbs, parachutes, etc., etc., as adapted to the practice of aerial navigation, and directions to prepare experimental balloons." 1850, first (and only) edition. Frontispiece portrait with tattered tissue guard. Errata slip laid in after the copyright page. 12 lithographic illustrations, all present. Some foxing here and there in the text, but overall clean. Inscription in pencil on the front endpaper, "To C.J. Hinkley from the author, Philada July 1851." another name signed below, in another hand, "John Caravant 1897." (both of those names might be misspelled - both are handwritten and I might have read it wrong.) A wonderful signed copy of an early aviation title, published nearly 20 years before the Wright Brothers were born. Wise was the first person to deliver mail through the air (1859) and achieved several innovations in balloon ...  
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Wise, John  950.00 Abebooks High Ridge Books, Inc. - ABAA  [publisher: Philadelphia: 1850] 8vo. Original cloth, very good condition. Scattered moderate foxing, light water stain to last several leaves. 310 pp., 13 plates including a portrait of Wise from a daguerrotype. Extensive information on early American ballooning as well as the early European efforts. There is a section on the determination to make an Atlantic Ocean crossing in a balloon. This is one of the seminal American works on ballooning and aeronautics. [South Deerfield, MA, U.S.A.]  
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Wise, John  950.00 Abebooks Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books, ABAA  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel, Philadelphia] First Edition 8vo, publisher’s cloth, nicely rebacked using the original backstrip, portrait frontispiece and 12 lithographed plates, 310pp. Foxing mostly to text, light staining in bottom margin of first few signatures, some very minor wear on binding. John Wise (1808-1879) was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1808. He started out as a cabinet maker, but soon turned to ballooning. In 1835 he but his first balloon and went on his first flight. He went on 463 accents over a 44 year career, but he never returned from has last accent made over Lake Michigan in 1879. This book is considered an excellent source of information on early flight, and is one of the earliest American works on the subject. In addition to covering the early history of attempts at flight, Wise also talks about his own experiences. [Florham Park, NJ, U.S.A.]  
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Wise,John  1100.00 Abebooks Weyhe Art Books  [publisher: Philadelphia] 12 lithographic plates of balloons,portrait of the author.waterstaining in corner throughout [Mount Desert, ME, U.S.A.]  
Memo 48 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART DESIGNED AS A HISTORY FOR THE COMMON READER AND GUIDE TO THE STUDENT OF THE ART. IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS IN 1782 AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES. ALSO FULL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ART OF MAKING BALLOONS PARACHUTES ETC. ETC. AS ADAPTED TO THE PRACTICE OF AERIAL NAVIGATION AND DIRECTIONS TO PREPARE EXPERIMENTAL BALLOONS [Buy it!]

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WISE John  1500.00 ABAA Charles Agvent, ABAA  Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Scattered light to moderate foxing with little effect on the plates. Very light wear to the spine head, the cloth bright and fresh. Close to Fine and quite scarce as such. Octavo, in the publisher's brown cloth; 310 pages with Errata slip tipped in. THE FIRST AMERICAN BOOK ON AERONAUTICS. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait and 12 lithographic plates, most illustrating famous balloons. Wise is considered to be the first American aeronaut of any consequence and made numerous contributions to the field including experiments with parachutes and the construction of air balloons. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
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Wise John  1500.00 Biblio The Old Book Shop of Bordentown (ABNJ)  Phila: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. First. Hardcover. First edition. Tall octavo in original dark blue-green blindstamped cloth with spine lettered in gilt; 310 pps. with frontis portrait engraving of the author. 12 engraved full page plates, most of famous balloons (including Montgolfier's) and one of "Henson's Arial Steam Carriage". Early and important study of manned flight. Part One is a history of aeronautics from the time of Archytas' "artificial flying pigeon", Byerlink and Basil of Macedonia, through the infancy of ballooning in the 18th century and its development in the 19th. Part Two recounts the history of American aeronautics and Wise's (then) fifteen years of practice in that art. Part Three consistes of "Instructions in the Art of Making Balloons, Parachutes, and All Kinds of Aeronautic Machinery; Also, Directions in the Processes of Infation and Practice of Air Sailing". A tight copy with scattered moderate foxing throughout; cloth is moderately rubbed and with some wear at the tips. More significant wear at the top and bottom spine edges but still a very presentable copy of this scarce and desirable book. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
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Wise, John  1500.00 Alibris Old Book Shop of Bordentown via Alibris  Phila Joseph A. Speel 1850 First Hardcover First edition. Tall octavo in original dark blue-green blindstamped cloth with spine lettered in gilt; 310 pps. with frontis portrait engraving of the author. 12 engraved full page plates, most of famous balloons (including Montgolfier"s) and one of "Henson"s Arial Steam Carriage". Early and important study of manned flight. Part One is a history of aeronautics from the time of Archytas" "artificial flying pigeon", Byerlink and Basil of Macedonia, through the infancy of ballooning in the 18th century and its development in the 19th. Part Two recounts the history of American aeronautics and Wise"s (then) fifteen years of practice in that art. Part Three consistes of "Instructions in the Art of Making Balloons, Parachutes, and All Kinds of Aeronautic Machinery; Also, Directions in the Processes of Infation and Practice of Air Sailing". A tight copy with scattered moderate foxing throughout; cloth is moderately rubbed and with some wear at the tips. More significant wear at the top and bottom spine edges but still a very presentable copy of this scarce and desirable book.  
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Wise, John  1500.00 Abebooks Old Book Shop of Bordentown (ABAA, ILAB)  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel, Phila] First Edition First edition. Tall octavo in original dark blue-green blindstamped cloth with spine lettered in gilt; 310 pps. with frontis portrait engraving of the author. 12 engraved full page plates, most of famous balloons (including Montgolfier's) and one of "Henson's Arial Steam Carriage". Early and important study of manned flight. Part One is a history of aeronautics from the time of Archytas' "artificial flying pigeon", Byerlink and Basil of Macedonia, through the infancy of ballooning in the 18th century and its development in the 19th. Part Two recounts the history of American aeronautics and Wise's (then) fifteen years of practice in that art. Part Three consistes of "Instructions in the Art of Making Balloons, Parachutes, and All Kinds of Aeronautic Machinery; Also, Directions in the Processes of Infation and Practice of Air Sailing". A tight copy with scattered moderate foxing throughout; cloth is moderately rubbed and with some wear at the tips. More significant wear at the top and bottom spine edges but still a very presentable copy of this scarce and desirable book. [Bordentown, NJ, U.S.A.]  
Memo 52 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART DESIGNED AS A HISTORY FOR THE COMMON READER AND GUIDE TO THE STUDENT OF THE ART. IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS IN 1782 AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES. ALSO FULL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ART OF MAKING BALLOONS PARACHUTES ETC. ETC. AS ADAPTED TO THE PRACTICE OF AERIAL NAVIGATION AND DIRECTIONS TO PREPARE EXPERIMENTAL BALLOONS [Buy it!]

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WISE John  1875.00 Biblio Charles Agvent  Philadelphia: Joseph A. Speel, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Scattered light to moderate foxing with little effect on the plates. Very light wear to the spine head, the cloth bright and fresh. Close to Fine and quite scarce as such. Octavo, in the publisher's brown cloth; 310 pages with Errata slip tipped in. THE FIRST AMERICAN BOOK ON AERONAUTICS. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait and 12 lithographic plates, most illustrating famous balloons. Wise is considered to be the first American aeronaut of any consequence and made numerous contributions to the field including experiments with parachutes and the construction of air balloons. 1850. Joseph A. Speel US  
Memo 53 A System of Aeronautics, Comprehending Its Earliest Investigations, and Modern Practice and Art Designed as a History for the Common Reader, and Guide to the Student of the Art. in Three Parts. Containing an Account of the Various Attempts in the Art...[Buy it!]

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Wise, John  1875.00 Alibris Charles Agvent, ABAA via Alibris  Philadelphia Joseph A. Speel 1850 First Edition Hardcover Scattered light to moderate foxing with little effect on the plates. Very light wear to the spine head, the cloth bright and fresh. Close to Fine and quite scarce as such Octavo, in the publisher"s brown cloth; 310 pages with Errata slip tipped in. THE FIRST AMERICAN BOOK ON AERONAUTICS. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait and 12 lithographic plates, most illustrating famous balloons. Wise is considered to be the first American aeronaut of any consequence and made numerous contributions to the field including experiments with parachutes and the construction of air balloons.  
Memo 54 A SYSTEM OF AERONAUTICS, COMPREHENDING ITS EARLIEST INVESTIGATIONS, AND MODERN PRACTICE AND ART DESIGNED AS A HISTORY FOR THE COMMON READER, AND GUIDE TO THE STUDENT OF THE ART. IN THREE PARTS. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS ATTEMPTS IN THE ART OF FLYING BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE AERONAUTIC MACHINE BY THE MONTGOLFIERS, IN 1782, AND TO A LATER PERIOD. WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR'S FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AERIAL VOYAGES. ALSO, FULL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ART OF MAKING BALLOONS, PARACHUTES, ETC. ETC., AS ADAPTED TO THE PRACTICE OF AERIAL NAVIGATION, AND DIRECTIONS TO PREPARE EXPERIMENTAL BALLOONS[Buy it!]

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WISE, John  1875.00 Abebooks Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB  [publisher: Joseph A. Speel, Philadelphia] First Edition Octavo, in the publisher's brown cloth; 310 pages with Errata slip tipped in. THE FIRST AMERICAN BOOK ON AERONAUTICS. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait and 12 lithographic plates, most illustrating famous balloons. Wise is considered to be the first American aeronaut of any consequence and made numerous contributions to the field including experiments with parachutes and the construction of air balloons. Scattered light to moderate foxing with little effect on the plates. Very light wear to the spine head, the cloth bright and fresh. Close to Fine and quite scarce as such [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]  
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