Decorative wood engraving entitled LE GRAND BALLON CAPTIF DE M. GIFFARD (Monsieur's Giffard's Captive Hot Air Balloon). It shows a large hot-air balloon being prepared for take off. It is signed on the lower left of the plate Q. Ferat. H. Scott. and on the lower right Regnier Barbant. The inscription below the image reads as follows: LE GRAND BALLON CAPTIF DE M. GIFFARD. This balloon was a main attraction at the 1878 Paris World Fair exhibition and rides were offered to the public. The Monsieur Giffard mentioned in the title most likely refers to the French engineer and aviation pioneer Jules Henri Giffard (1825-1882) who in 1851 patented the "application of steam in the airship travel" and demonstrated that controlled flight was possible. Sadly, he took his own life due to declining health and loss of his eyesight. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.