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Coxwell, Henry

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1819-1900) UK balloonist, editor and author; working under the name Henry Wells he was founder and editor of The Balloonist; Or, Aerostatic Magazine in 1845, which lasted only until 1847. His interest in piloting Balloons extended, through at least one dangerous crash, until his retirement from flying in 1885. Of some sf interest is A Knight of the Air; Or, the Aereal Rivals (1895) in which flight is achieved, not through an advanced balloon, but in a heavier-than-air machine launched by a catapult; the tale itself lacks focus. [JC]

Henry Tracey Coxwell

born Wouldham, near Chatham, Kent: 2 March 1819

died Blatchington, near Seaford, Sussex: 5 January 1900



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