[Austin, Texas]: Genevieve Kent, (1999). Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 17 of 50 copies, miniature book, 10 pp., first book printed by Genevieve Kent, signed by her. Fine. Item #16120801
On August 27, 1783, the first gas balloon constructed by M. Charles and the Robert brothers was launched from the Champ-de-Mars. After a flight of about forty-five minutes, the hydrogen in the balloon had expanded so much that it caused the balloon to burst. It fell to the earth near the village of Gonesse, about twenty kilometers north of Paris. This miniature book tells the story of the terror of the peasants as the balloon descended, without warning, into their midst. They attacked the balloon with whatever weapons they had to hand, finally tying it to the tail of a horse, which dragged it around until the fabric was torn to shreds (N.B., above from the web site of the Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full blue-green morocco with morocco onlay balloon on the front, gilt lettering on the spine, fore-edge uncut, tan endpapers, title page with red and blue initial capital letters, text over the silhouette of a balloon, each page with an initial captial letter in different colours, each text page printed on the recto only, two-page folding woodcut illustration at the back titled "Attack on the First Charlier Balloon", signature of Genevieve Kent on the verso of the illustration, limitation on the colophon page, this no. 17 of 50 copies; type Bookman Oldstyle, handset, miniature book measuring 2 and 5/8" tall, unpaginated with 10 pages excluding the illustration; this the first book designed/bound by Genevieve Kent. Housed in a custom box covered with gold-salmon changeable silk, tray lined with sky-blue linen cloth, with salmon silk ribbon ties.
___CONDITION: Both book and case are fine, the binding clean and unmarked, interior bright, free of prior owner markings, the box sturdy; the silk ties have been tied but the ribbons are without wear.
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