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At caelum certe patet

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000492


  • Creation: c.1826-1852

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the Theodore Newton Vail Collection of Aeronautical Images, Broadsides and Clippings is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 22

Physical Description

Art on Paper


46.7 x 31.6 cm

General Note

Image of balloon with “Inent-Green-le-co” visibly printed across it and carrying three men and a woman (one man is sitting on the rail above the basket). A fragment of a second line of printing is also visible below the first: "...elum certe patet...." Possibly part of a quote from Ovid's Metamorphoses, "At caelum certe patet; ibimus illac" [en: 'But the sky certainly lies open; we shall go that way']. One of the men and the woman are waving flags, and an anchor is suspended below the basket. Charles George Green is handwritten in the lower right corner.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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