Ballons Montes flight cover by the "Le Parmentier" addressed to Alexandria (7.1.1871 arrival backstamp), bearing France 1870 Siege 20c. (2, both with faults) and 1862 Napoleon 1c. (affixed as a seal to reverse and torn in half on opening), the 20c. cancelled by "étoile", the 1c. by firms handstamp, with Paris despatch c.d.s. on face together with framed "PD" in red. An outstanding item and one of the few surviving Ballons Montes covers to Egypt. Photo in colour on front cover" /> Air Mail cover 1870 (16 Dec.)<I> "Gazette des Absents"</I> Ballons Montes flight cover by the<I> "Le Parmentier"</I> addressed to Alexandria (7.1.1871 arrival backstamp), bearing France 1870 <I>Siege</I> 20c. (2, both with faults) and 1862 <I>Napoleon</I> 1c. (affixed as a seal to reverse and torn in half on opening), the 20c. cancelled by<I> "étoile"</I>, the 1c. by firms handstamp, with Paris despatch c.d.s. on face together with framed "PD" in red. An outstanding item and one of the few surviving Ballons Montes covers to Egypt. Photo in colour on front cover | Christie's