AEROSTATION OUT AT ELBOWS OR THE ITINERANT AERONAUT.

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Aerostation Out at Elbows or the Itinerant Aeronaut.

Engraving, hand-colored, 1785
Image size 9 1/4 x 8 5/16" (235 x 212 mm).
Good condition save a crease in lower left margin and some minor spotting.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 86399
Price: $700.00
Publisher : London, published by T. McLean, 26, Haymarket. Octr. 1, 1829.
This English satirical print pokes fun at the aeronauts of the day, who gained great fame for flying, but risked death and poverty for doing so as it was a dangerous and expensive sport. The poem beneath the title reads, "Behold an hero calmly tall and fair! / His only food phlogisticated air! / Now on the wings of mighty winds he rides! / Now torn thro' hedges - dashed in ocean tides! / Now dropping roams about from town to town / Collecting pence to inflate his poor balloon, / Pity the wight and something to him give, / To purchase gas to keep his fame alive." 18th-19th Century Subjects , Aviation , Lighter than Air