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Aerostatics. Three works. AMORETTI-VERATTI-POITEVIN.

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Aerostatics. Three works. AMORETTI-VERATTI-POITEVIN.
AMORETTI, Carlo. Delle macchine aerostatiche.
In Venezia: per Gaspare Storti, 1784

4to; 235x180 mm; binding in board. Pp. 20, 1 plate engraved with the illustration of 5 air baloon. Skillful restoration on the left bottom margin of 3 leaves. Sign of humidity on the left bottom margin of titlepage. Nice copy with wide margins.

Very interesting work on the origins of human flight. Taken from: ''Opuscoli Scelti'', pp. 361-379.

Bound with:

VERATTI, Bartolomeo. Un viaggetto nella luna.
Modena, dalla tipografia camerale, 1836

8vo; 190x125 mm.; cardboard binding. Pp. 19. Woodcut ornament on title page. Little stains on title page and at the first page. Signs of stains on recto of title page and at last page. Good specimen.

Rare first edition. Anonymous work attributed to Bartolomeo Veratti, Italian jurist, journalist and philologist. The work is a small fantastic-satirical tale, considered a precursor of science fiction in Italy.

Bound with:

Coniugi Poitevin. Gli aeronauti.
Bologna, 1854.

Small 8vo; 150x95 mm; Publisher paperback. Pp. [1], 61-96. Printed on blue paper. Margin illustration on p. 92. Good specimen.

Graceful operetta written by the French couple Poitevin. The couple was a cross between aeronautics scholars, athletes and circus performers, who were famous for their ascents on the back of animals. On July 10, 1854, in Bologna, the Zodiac balloon, well inflated, rises from the Gas Workshop, lifting Mr. Poitevin standing on a horse, with a soft landing on the Idice bed. The French pilot will be helped by his wife and the Bolognese aeronauts Mingardi and Guizzardi. On July 31, Madame Poitevin will rise to a great height, then detaching herself from the balloon and descending with a parachute, while the aircraft, driven by her husband and Mr. Levi, will continue its journey to a place outside Porta San Donato. This is probably the first documented parachute descent in Bologna. Extracted work, the numbering increases from page 61 to 96.
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