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POCOCK, George.
The Aeropleustic Art of Navigation in the Air by the use of Kites or Buoyant Sails

London, W.Wilson for the author, 1827.
Bobins III 885. Not in Tooley or Abbey.
London, W.Wilson for the author, 1827.

4to. Engraved title by A. Adlard with hand coloured aquatint vignette by Roberts, 4 hand-coloured aquatint plates, 2 signed by Roberts, one after T. Butterworth, the other after S.Colman, some light foxing. Original paper boards with printed cover label, spine re-backed. Rare, FIRST EDITION. The eccentric Bristol schoolmaster, George Pocock, dedicated his work to his ex-kite-flying pupils. Recognising the force of wind power, it provides a history of the kite as a scientific invention, and examines its potential adaptations as a kind of ascending parachute for mariners before describing the famous Charvolant, a kite powered carriage capable of speeds of twenty miles an hour. The title vignette shows a rescue at sea by means of a kite, while the three plates illustrate a kite-powered boat race, the patent kite and Charvolant and Charvolants travelling in various directions in the same wind. This work drew serious attention as well as satire when published. Coloured plates in order: 1. Untitled vignette to title page. 2. A Boat Race. 3. Patent Kite and Charvolant (shewing by Mariners Compass the Points pf Car's Traverse against the Wind). 4. Charvolants travelling on various directions with the same Wind.