(BALLOONING). (GYPSON, Richard). ~ Grand Balloon Ascent! From the Yard of the Bedford Gas Company, Mr. Gypson will make his Sixteenth Ascent in his Magnificent Nocturnal Balloon, On Friday Afternoon Next, May the 1st, 1840… Bedford: Hill & Son, [ 1840].
Single sheet (280 × 75 mm). Wood engraved illustration, printed on yellow paper. Traces of gum at corner, slightly browned, chip to right hand edge with loss to final ascender of letter ‘N’ in ‘Balloon’.
[and:] Grand Balloon Ascent from the spacious premises of Mr. Smith’s Wharf Yard, East Gate, Sleaford. Mr Gypson [From the Royal Zoological Gardens, London.] Will make his 46th and last ascent this season on Thursday October 28th, 1841, at two for three precisely, with his Magnificent Silk Balloon... Sleaford [Lincs]: J. Creasy, [1841.] (285 × 114 mm). Wood engraved illustration. Browned and quite fragile with chips, resulting in loss to last line.
Two provincial handbills, from Bedford and Sleaford, advertising ascents by pioneering balloonist Richard Gypson, who toured Britain and the Europe with his balloon.