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Ray Girvan

Re "a small part of a little print from an unidentified encyclopedia" - the reference to "Mr Baldwin" identifies it as coming from Thomas Baldwin's 1786 "Airopaidia: containing the narrative of a balloon excursion from Chester, the eighth of September, 1785". The site Romantic Circles has a great deal more about the image (http://www.rc.umd.edu/gallery/a-view-from-the-balloon-at-its-greatest-elevation). There's a contemporary review, with extensive quotations, in The English Review, 1787 (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9U8JAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA428&lpg=PA428).

John F. Ptak

Thanks Ray--as always your comments are spot-on and appreciated!

Ray Girvan

Oops! I forgot that TypePad appends brackets to URLs. Here are the links again:

Romantic Circles: http://www.rc.umd.edu/gallery/a-view-from-the-balloon-at-its-greatest-elevation

The English Review's review: books.google.co.uk/books?id=9U8JAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA428

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