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Martyn's aerostatic globe, 1784.

Martyn's aerostatic globe, 1784.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Etching and aquatint printed in sepia. Thomas Martyn's aerostatic globe was the first British design for a navigable balloon. It included an umbrella (or parachute) to afford and easy descent should the balloon burst, a mainsail, a foresail, a sail rudder to direct the machine, oars, and grappling irons to catch in the earth and ensure a smooth landing. Published by Thomas Martyn in London on 2 October 1784. Dimensions: 345mm x 280mm.

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