9 February 2000
[FRENEAU, Philip (1752-1832).] The Balloon Almanac For the Year of Our Lord 1786. Philadelphia: Printed by John Steele, . 12o (170 x 105 mm). Woodcut illustrations on title and on second leaf. 20 leaves. Stabbed self-wrappers, uncut, quarter morocco slipcase (restitched, some slight overall soiling). FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM of Freneau's poem "The Progress of Balloons," after several newspaper appearances. Freneau took a keen interest in early ballooning after hearing early reports of the Montgolfiers and Jean de Rosier. The almanac also includes a report on Lunardi's ascent in London. Evans 18923; not in BAL.
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