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Balloon Madness: Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783-1786

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Balloon Madness : Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783-1786 . / Brant, Clare.

Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2017. 366 p.

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Brant, C 2017, Balloon Madness: Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783-1786 . Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

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Brant, C. (2017). Balloon Madness: Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783-1786 . Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

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Brant C. Balloon Madness: Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783-1786 . Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2017. 366 p.

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Brant, Clare. / Balloon Madness : Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783-1786 . Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2017. 366 p.

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