[AEROSTATICA] - GERLI, Agostino (1744-1821) - Opuscoli. Parma: Giambattista Bodoni, 1785. Uncut copy of this rare first edition. The first part, Relazione della macchina aerostatica, describes the hot-air balloon constructed for Paolo Andreani; the first manned balloon to ascend in Italy. Folio (390 x 258mm). Engraved vignette on title, head and tail-pieces, 15 engraved plates of which 3 folding (some light waterstaining towards the end). Contemporary boards (some staining).