Balloons and the Art of Aerial Navigation

  • The exhibition Balloons and the Art of Aerial Navigation presents literature about aeronautics which began to be published after the first attempts at ballooning were made in France in the middle of 1783. An important collection of books assembled by collector Eduard Langer more than a hundred years ago is housed in the historical collection of the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The collection is made up of almost seventy works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, printed largely in French, Italian, English and German. It contains period reports on successful and unsuccessful flights, dissertations, expert treatises on aeronautics, and poetry celebrating the Montgolfière. These works are frequently accompanied by illustrations that provide unique testimony to the historical events associated with the beginnings of aeronautics and the technical standard of the earliest balloons.
  • In the entry area of the study from 31 October 2014 to 31 March 2015. Admission free, 9.00 a.m.–7.00 p.m., Monday–Friday