Lot #213
Salomon August Andree

The rarest of the polar explorers, Swedish balloonist Andrée
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Estimate: $800+

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The rarest of the polar explorers, Swedish balloonist Andrée

Swedish engineer, physicist, aeronaut and polar explorer who died while leading an attempt to reach the Geographic North Pole by hydrogen balloon (1854-1897). ALS in French, signed “S. A. Andree,” one page both sides, 5.5 x 8.75, February 22, 1895. Letter to famed balloonist Gaston Tissandier, in part (translated): "Before your letter was received I had already sent the complete project that you probably have now in your hands. I am very happy that you have made your magnificent experience the tour of France in a balloon, and this of course favors my project as well. Today I have sent you the result of an interview of Mr. T. B. with specialist who has visited the polar regions where I have spent myself one year. I thank you very much for your kindness and to promise that I can count on you." In fine condition. Since Andrée died at 42 and was little known before his doomed flight, his letters are very rare.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #589 - Ended August 12, 2020





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