I came across an illustration by Lev Kaplan for Jules Vernes Around the World in 80 days.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/9084979/In-80-days-around-the-world  Website accessed 2/11/17

Jules Verne wrote the book in the second half of the 19th century when global travelling was opening up as more and more steam train lines were opening and steamer boat routes opened up. The image of a hot air balloon is synonymous with this book, even though they don’t use one in which to travel, however his previous book is called Five Weeks in a Balloon.

I’ve came across some similar illustrations of globes and hot air balloons with covered in symbols of travel, which I’m drawn to. I found an image in a Spanish online collection (which I will check the source properly later) dated 1803 of a spanish armada type hot air balloon dripping with everything for a long journey including what looks like a cask of beer or wine, a cannon and treasure. Website accessed 2/11/17:-


spanish balloon

What I’m noticing in many images of balloons from this time period is that the form is actually spherical and the net like structure forms it into a more balloon type shape. Interesting overlap between imagery of antique globe forms and hot air balloons.

I love the advert for this balloon maker Henri Lachambre, Website accessed 2/11/17:-




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