Wonderful Balloon Ascents

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Wonderful Balloon Ascents  (1870) 
Fulgence Marion, pseudonym of Camille Flammarion


WONDERFUL

BALLOON ASCENTS;

OR,

The Conquest of the Skies.


A HISTORY OF

BALLOONS AND BALLOON VOYAGES.


From the French of F. Marion.


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CASSEL PETTER & GALPIN:

LONDON, PARIS & NEW YORK.

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THE FIRST ATTEMPT TO ASCEND IN ENGLAND.

Chapters (not individually listed)

CONTENTS.
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PART I.
THE CONQUEST OF THE SKIES—1783.
CHAPTER I.
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Introduction 1
CHAPTER II.
Attempts in Ancient Times to fly in the Air 7
CHAPTER III.
The Theory of Balloons 22
CHAPTER IV.
The First Public Trial of the Balloon—Montgolfier's Balloon, Annonay, June 5th, 1783 32
CHAPTER V.
Second Experiment—Charle's Balloon, Paris, Champ de Mars, August 27, 1783 36
CHAPTER VI.
Third Experiment—Montgolfier's Balloon, Paris, Faubourg St. Antoine 47
CHAPTER VII.
Fourth Experiment—Versailles, September 19, 1783, in presence of Louis XVI. 51
CHAPTER VIII.
Men and Balloons 56
CHAPTER IX.
The First Aerial Voyage—Roziers and Arlandes 61
CHAPTER X.
The Second Aerial Voyage—Charles and Robert at the Tuileries, December 1, 1783 74
 

 
PART II.
HISTORY OF AEROSTATION FROM THE YEAR 1783.
CHAPTER I.
The Open Route—Travels and Travellers—Great Increase in the Number of Air Voyages—Lyons, Ascent of "Le Flesselles"—Milan, Ascent of Adriani—Flight of a Balloon from London—Lost Balloons in the Chief Towns of Europe 87
CHAPTER II.
Experiments and Studies—Blanchard at Talis—Guyton de Morveau at Dijon 103
CHAPTER III.
Experiments in Montgolfières—Roders and Proust—The Duke of Chartres—The Comte d'Artois—Voyage of the Abbé Camus to Rodez 117
CHAPTER IV.
Serio-comic Aspects of the Subject—The Public duped— The Abbés Miolan and Janninct at the Luxembourg— Caricatures—The "Minerva" of Robertson, and its Voyage round the World 127
CHAPTER V.
The First Aerial Voyage in England—Blanchard crosses the Sea in a Balloon 134
CHAPTER VI.
Zambeccari's Perilous Trip across the Adriatic Sea 145
CHAPTER VII.
Garnerin—Parachutes—Aerostation at Public Fêtes 150
CHAPTER VII.
Green's Great Journey across Europe 156
CHAPTER IX.
The "Géant" Balloon 162
CHAPTER X.
The Necrology of Aeronautics 181
 

 
PART III.
SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS—APPLICATIONS OF BALLOONING
CHAPTER I.
Experiments of Robertson, Lhoest, Saccarof, &c. 193
CHAPTER II.
Ascent of M. Gay-Lussac alone—Excursions of MM. Barral and Bixio 202
CHAPTER III.
The Ascents of Messrs. Welsh, Glaisher, and Coxwell 205
CHAPTER IV.
Balloons made useful in Warfare 211