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THE HISTORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF MASANIELLO,
THE FISHERMAN OF NAPLES,
CONTAINING AN EXACT AND IMPARTIAL
RELATION OF THE TUMULTS AND POPULAR
THAT HAPPENED IN THAT KINGDOM, (IN THE
ON ACCOUNT OF THE TAX UPON FRUITS.
London, C. Davis; T. Green, 1729. First edition. 8vo.
Contemporary paneled calf boards,
frontispiece portrait of Mansaniello. Final advertisement
leaf is present.
Nicely rebacked in calf with gilt lines on the spine; red
leather lettering piece, gilt. Corners lightly worn else a
very good copy.
Interesting history of the fisherman who started a series of
riots to protest a tax on fruit. Auber's opera
La Muette de
i was based on this title.
AN ESSAY ON AERIAL NAVIGATION,
POINTING OUT MODES OF DIRECTING BALLOONS
Cork, George Purcell, 1844. Second edition. 12mo. (vi),(2),122pp. Three woodcut
plates. Half blue morocco, gilt spine title, blue cloth sides. T.e.g. Original pink
printed wrappers bound in (a little soiled).
An interesting expanded essay from the 40 page first edition of 1824, on how to
steer a balloon (including perhaps tethered falcons!) There is also a discussion on
the design and use of parachutes.
Cloth on upper board is rubbed else this is a fine copy.