Bacon, 1902, Dominion of the Air

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John Mackenzie Bacon. The Dominion of the Air: The Story of Aërial Navigation. London, Paris, New York & Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Limited. 1902.

Online at Internet Archive and HathiTrust. (Second/American edition?)

Detailed history of ballooning touching on military applications and atmospheric science.

Bacon credits some of the stories of ancient and medieval flying. In the following case he suspects a rocket:

In mediæval times we are seriously told by a saintly writer (St. Remigius) of folks who created clouds which rose to heaven by means of "an earthen pot in which a little imp had been enclosed." We need no more.


  • Brockett 1910, page 81, entry 1129: Bacon, John M. The dominion of the air: The story of aërial navigation. London, [1902], Cassell & Co., 8°, pp. 356, pl. 24. (1129
Original title The Dominion of the Air: The Story of Aërial Navigation
Simple title The Dominion of the Air
Authors John Mackenzie Bacon
Date 1902
Countries GB
Languages en
Keywords aerial navigation, history, ballooning, military, meteorology
Related to aircraft? 1
Page count 348
Word count