Paris: Rédaction et Bureaux, 1872 - 1875. Hardcover. Item #39761
English translation from the French; "THE BALLOONIST, MONTHLY BULLETIN OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR NAVIGATION, HEADED BY Dr. ABEL HUREAU DE VILLENEUVE." Gaston Tissandier and companions Joseph Crocé-Spinelli, journalist, and Théodore Henri Sivel, naval officer, were able to reach in a balloon, the Zenith, the unheard-of altitude of 8,600 meters (28,000 feet). Both of his companions died from breathing the thin air. Tissandier survived, but became deaf. Nineteen issues of this monthly publication relating the disaster of the Zenith and its tragic role in the pioneering days of aviation medicine, all bound in two hardcover volumes. Both volumes uniformly bound in quarter morocco over marbled boards with raised bands, and marbled endpapers. Each issue bound in with original front and rear light blue stiff paper printed covers. Both volumes near fine.