Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago: To-Day Printing and Publishing Company, 1873. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #39759
Continuation of the extended title reads; "With an Account of The Author's Most Important Air-Voyages and his Many Thrilling Adventures and Hairbreadth Escapes. Also, An Appendix, In Which Are Given Full Instructions for the Manufacture and Management of Balloons." An expanded edition of "System of Aeronautics," first published in 1850. Wise was a pioneer in the field of ballooning making over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. 650 pages with numerous full-page woodcut engravings of balloons in flight and of balloon types. Bound in brown cloth with lettering, border and illustration on the front cover and spine in black and gilt. The same illustration, border and lettering are stamped in blind on the rear cover. Tissue guard over the frontis shows a few spots of foxing. A very good copy.