Montgolfier-style' Balloon Globe

Being offered for sale in our 25 January 2017 auction

A scarce 'Montgolfier-style' hot air balloon globe. A heat source placed beneath the globe would have inflated the paper allowing the globe to rise. Alternatively the balloon could be inflated with a pump. Fully inflated to its twelve foot circumference the globe would have resembled a large Chinese lantern. Printed beneath the patent on the globe is the legend: 'Sets of gores with outlines for the formation of globes with corresponding atlas-skeleton hemispheres, and the four quarters, geographical states; Air pumps for the inflation of globes &c. may be had of the author'. In view of its flimsy construction very few of these globes have survived. Estimate: £400-600

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Printed Books, Maps & Documents, The David Wilson Library of Natural History (Pt II), Military Books

Printed Books, Maps & Documents, The David Wilson Library of Natural History (Pt II), Military Books

Wednesday, 9th September 2020 - Thursday, 10th September 2020

This sale includes the Albizu Collection of Spanish Law Books & Manuscripts, and a further selection of Regimental Histories & Military Books from the Library of Lt Col R J Wyatt MBE TD