London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
AERONAUTICS -- JEFFRIES, John (c.1744-1819). A Narrative of the Two Aerial Voyages of Doctor Jeffries with Mons. Blanchard; with meteorological observations and remarks. London: for the author, 1786. 4° (263 x 205mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait by Caroline Watson (1761-1814) after F. Russell, one engraved plate. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt in compartments.
FIRST EDITION. 'The first flight by a physician, the first crossing of the English channel by balloon, and the first international flight' (Garrison-Morton). An excellent copy in a handsome calf binding. The work documents two ascents, one over London on 30 November 1784, and the other across the English Channel on 7 January 1785. Jeffries, a Boston, Massachussetts, physician 'seems to have been the first to attempt to gather scientific data of the free air' (DSB); he was also witness for the defence during the Boston Massacre trials. Garrison-Morton 2137.2; Hodgson, pp. 167-171; Norman 1159.
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