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Wonderful Balloon Ascents
F. (Fulgence) Marion

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This etext was prepared by Metra Kay Christofferson:
metra@theonramp.net. 

Wonderful Balloon Ascents: or, the Conquest of the Skies 

A History of Balloons and Balloon Voyages. 

from the French of F.  Marion 

1870 

PREFACE 

"Let posterity know, and knowing be astonished, that on the
fifteenth day of September, 1784, Vincent Lunardi of Lucca, in
Tuscany, the first aerial traveller in Britain, mounting from the
Artillery Ground in London, and traversing the regions of the air
for two hours and fifteen minutes, on this spot revisited the

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