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Airopaidia (1786) — the Narrative of a Balloon Excursion

- November 29, 2016 in aerial, airopaida, ballooning, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloons

Coming in at almost 400 pages, a wonderfully detailed account of a balloon trip over Chester in 1785, including the first ever real overhead aerial views.

Airopaidia (1786) — the Narrative of a Balloon Excursion

- November 29, 2016 in aerial, airopaida, ballooning, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloons

Coming in at almost 400 pages, a wonderfully detailed account of a balloon trip over Chester in 1785, including the first ever real overhead aerial views.

Airopaidia (1786) — the Narrative of a Balloon Excursion

- November 29, 2016 in aerial, airopaida, ballooning, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloons

Coming in at almost 400 pages, a wonderfully detailed account of a balloon trip over Chester in 1785, including the first ever real overhead aerial views.

Airopaidia (1786) — the Narrative of a Balloon Excursion

- November 29, 2016 in aerial, airopaida, ballooning, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloons

Coming in at almost 400 pages, a wonderfully detailed account of a balloon trip over Chester in 1785, including the first ever real overhead aerial views.

“Unlimiting the Bounds”: the Panorama and the Balloon View

- August 3, 2016 in Art & Illustrations, Culture & History, diorama, Featured Articles, history of ballooning, hot air balloon, landscape, panaroma

The second essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. Here she looks at the phenomenon of the panorama, and how its attempts at creating the immersive view were inextricably linked to the new visual experience opened up by the advent of ballooning.

“For the Sake of the Prospect”: Experiencing the World from Above in the Late 18th Century

- July 20, 2016 in Airopaidia, Art & Illustrations, cartography, Culture & History, Featured Articles, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloon, Lunardi, maps, thomas baldwin

The first essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. We begin with a look at the unique set of images included in Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia (1786) — the first real overhead aerial views.