London: Author, 1784.
First Edition. 1/4 Calf. Very Good. Item #033003
Part the First, but the only part published. Rebound in recent 1/4 black calf - an attractive, simple, binding. Sheldon was an expert in embalming techniques and the lymphatic system, making "a balloon ascent (1784) to assess the effects of flight on the human body. He became terrified, vomited and collapsed in the balloon basket, testimony to the mental and emotional considerations of flight." Variously foxed, endpapers and title page show chipping at corners, one page of list of subscribers is loose, otherwiser complete with Title page, 2 page letter to the Royal Societym, list of subscribers, introduction (vi pp), 52pp text and 6 engravings, each with a page of text descriptuon. The plates are sometimes described as foldingbut are simply full page (12" x 9") plates. Plates show modest soiling and foxing and there is a small water stain near the gutter at the bottom of Plates 2 and 3 and the corner of 6, a small tear to the edge of plate 5 and the edges of plates 5 and 6 are a bit frayed in the margins. Generally attractive though, and a lovely, wide margin production of this important book. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz. Category: Medicine & Health; Inventory No: 033003.