Sophie Dupré - Travel and Exploration

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DOLLFUS (Charles, 1893-1981, Balloonist, the first Frenchman to cross the Atlantic both ways)

Autograph Letter Signed, 'Charles Dollfus aéronaute', in French with translation, to 'My dear friend', thanking him for "your books", the first confirms that "Charles Dollfus was on friendly terms with George Sand. He was actually my great-uncle ... and a close friend of Renan. I have not had this work of his and will derive all the more pleasure from it", he has not come across "the other little volume - with the balloon ... It is a curious document on the state of ultra-patriotic fervour at the time of Boulangism, and the author, to read him, was not easy to get on with, unless he was simply a placid bourgeois in a state of mental excitement", he was just telephoning Gallimard's "to reserve the Restif for you, when they told me you were in the building", saying that when he gets back he will "be delighted to see your collection" and to show him "some boxes and shelves of books at my place", and asking if he knows "this splendid writing paper", fine large pictorial heading of a 19th c. balloon with the balloonist and five passengers, one holding the French flag, 2 sides folio, Paris 16e., 30th March

Item Date:  1931
Stock No:  52781      £375

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DUKE (Charles Moss, b. 1935, Explored the Moon's surface in Apollo 16)

Fine official photograph in full colour, incorporating facsimile signature, showing him half length in astronaut's clothes, full face, his hands on a large lunar globe, 1 side 10" x 8", no place, c.

Item Date:  1972
Stock No:  51733      £75

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[DUKE (Charles Moss, b. 1935, Explored the Moon's surface in Apollo 16)]

Official photograph in black & white, with facsimile signature 'Charlie Duke', showing him full length walking on the Moon's surface towards the viewer and saluting with the module in the background, 4¾" x 3¼", the facsimile signature in a separate window on mount 10" x 6¼", the Moon, very light scuff in grey top margin of mount

Item Date:  1972
Stock No:  54026      £125

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