Le Droit au vol... by NADAR. [Gaspard-Félix Tournachon].

Le Droit au vol... by NADAR. [Gaspard-Félix Tournachon].
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~ Le Droit au vol... Paris: [Ch. Lahure for] J. Hetzel, [c. 1865].

8vo (190 × 125 mm), pp. [4], iii, [1], 115, [1]. Some foxing. Original printed wrappers. Slightly soiled and rubbed, with slight crack to hinges. Author’s autograph inscription to half-title: ‘au Docteur Desterne / affection cordiale / Nadar’.

First edition, first issue (before the addition of the preface by George Sand), presentation copy, Le Droit au vol is Nadar’s important polemic advocating the development of heavier-than-air flight. Two years before, Nadar had commissioned and experimented with the balloon Géant, whose maiden flight had carried Jules Verne (among others) but whose alarming crash landing on a subsequent flight inspired Nadar to look towards aircraft other than balloons. He founded the Société d’encouragement de la navigation aérienne au moyen du plus lourd que l’air.

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