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Lot #393
Joseph Montgolfier

Ascent into history: 1779 real estate document signed by hot-air-balloon pioneer JOSEPH MONTGOLFIER

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Ascent into history: 1779 real estate document signed by hot-air-balloon pioneer JOSEPH MONTGOLFIER

French politician and pioneering aviator (1740–1810) best known for inventing, with his brother, Jacques-Etienne, the first successful hot-air balloon, ushering in the age of modern air travel. Scarce manuscript DS in French, signed on the first page “J. Montgolfier,” 24 pages on 12 leaves (the first six leaves, including the signed leaf, on vellum), 8.25 x 11.25, January 30, 1779. An untranslated document involving the sale of a house. In very good condition, with scattered mild toning and foxing, soiling, wrinkling, and a few pinholes. The signature is dark and distinct. Montgolfier is quite uncommon in any form. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #333 - Ended May 14, 2008