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The Project Gutenberg eBook, A Voyage in a Balloon (1852), by Jules Verne, et al, Translated by Anne T. Wilbur This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: A Voyage in a Balloon (1852) Author: Jules Verne Release Date: June 17, 2005 [eBook #16085] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII) ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A VOYAGE IN A BALLOON (1852)*** E-text prepared by Norm Wolcott A VOYAGE IN A BALLOON (1852) by Jules Verne REDACTOR'S NOTE From _Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature and Art_ (Philadelphia: 1849-1852): May 1852: VOL. X. No. 5: p. 389-395. John Sartain (1808-1897) was an English artist and engraver skilled in the art of mezzotint who emigrated to the United States; in 1848 he purchased a one-half interest in the "Union Magazine", a New York periodical, which he transferred to Philadelphia. The name was changed to "Sartain's Union Magazine", and during the four years of its existence the journal became widely known, publishing works of Poe and other literati. The article here is a translation of "La science en famille / Un voyage en ballon. / (Reponse a l'enigme de juillet.)", In: _Musee des Familles. Lectures du soir_, Paris, seconde serie. vol. 8, no. 11 (August 1851), pp. 329-336 (5 illustrations by A. de Bar, two chapters). This is a different version from the one published by Hetzel; "Un drame dans les airs", in: _Le Docteur Ox_, 19 October 1874, (ed. C & D) (6 illustrations by Emile Bayard, only one chapter!). In this early work we see the ingredients of Verne's later _Voyages Extraordinaires_; characters brought or thrown together on a journey to afar; introduction of new characters part way through the story; careful scientific explanation of critical events (the ascension, filling the balloon, rising and falling, ballast); use of dialogue to convey scientific information (the history of ballooning); use of scientific instruments (barometer, compass); chapter heads to presage the story; escapes from perilous events caused by scientific or natural catastrophes. One may also wonder why Hetzel removed the description of the inflation of the balloon with hydrogen gas. In fact hydrogen is ba
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