URANIA, A Romance

Camille Flammarion (1842-1925)

Published by Chatto and Windus, London, 1891
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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London: Chatto and Windus, 1891. First UK edition of this translation from the French. Dusty cloth and some foxing with a bit of stack-slant, though otherwise Very Good. Translated by Augusta Rice Stetson; illustrated throughout "by de Bieler, Myrbach, and Gambard." Over-the-top tale of occult supernaturalism, spiritualism, ghosts, with the central events regarding a journey to Mars which has an advanced society. Imagine that Jules Verne had joined the Theosophist Society and you have Camille Flammarion. He was a respected astronomer who was first to suggest the names Triton and Amalthea for moons of Neptune and Jupiter, though these were not officially adopted until many decades later. There's a very famous engraving most people think must be medieval, of an astronomer patterned after an alchemist or mage, on his hands and knees at the edge of the flat Earth, poking his head through the circle of stars. This was actually an anonymous illustration for Flammarion's "L'atmosphere: meteorologie populaire" (The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology, 1888), so though he may be more forgotten than Verne as an early French science fiction writer, the modern world retains echoes of his influences. Bookseller Inventory # 5758

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Title: URANIA, A Romance

Publisher: Chatto and Windus, London

Publication Date: 1891

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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