This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...a bigot, lived before her marriage at her uncle's house, D., the celebrated physician, and a member of the Institute. She was away from her ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...a bigot, lived before her marriage at her uncle's house, D., the celebrated physician, and a member of the Institute. She was away from her mother, who was attacked by violent illness in the country. One night this young person dreamed that she saw her, pale, disfigured, very near death, and showing deep grief at not having her children with her, one of whom, the curate of a parish in Paris, had emigrated to Spain, the other being in Paris. Soon she heard herself called by her Christian name several times; in her dream she saw the persons who were with her mother, thinking she called her little granddaughter, who had the same name, go into the next room for her, when a sign from the sick woman told them it was not she, but her daughter who lived in Paris, whom she wanted to see. Her face showed the grief she felt at the daughter's absence; suddenly her features changed, the paleness of death spread over her face, and she fell back lifeless on her bed. The next morning Mile. R. seemed very sad to D., who begged to know the cause of her grief. She told him all the particulars of the dream which had so greatly distressed her. D., finding her in that frame of mind, pressed her to his heart, acknowledging that the news was only too true, that her mother had just died; he did not enter into further particulars. A few months afterwards Mile. E., profiting by her uncle's absence to put in order his papers, which, like many other savants, he disliked to have touched, found a letter to her uncle relating the circumstances of her mother's death. What was her surprise to read all the particulars of her dream! Hallucination! Fortuitous coincidence. Is that a satisfactory explanation? At all events, it is an explanation which explains nothing at all. A host of ignorant p...
Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi [1-3] 4-245 [246: printer's imprint] [247: publisher's colophon] [248: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "Sept. 1900" inserted at rear, numerous illustrations by de Bieler, Myrbach and Gambard, original pictorial tan cloth, front panel stamped in light brown, dark brown, black and gold, spine panel stamped in black and gold, publisher's monogram stamped in black on rear panel, all edges untrimmed, endpapers with floral design printed in silver. First British edition, first binding, later issue with September 1900 inserted catalogue. Translation of URANIE (1889). "A mixture of mysticism and science fiction which sold well in its day; spirit travels through space and time and a visit to an advanced Mars."-Locke, Voyages in Space 75. "Popular narrative recipe of mixing astronomy with spiritualism made Flammarion worldwide success."-Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 44. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-408. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 776. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 84. Bleiler (1978), p. 74. Reginald 05461. 1905 Christmas gift inscription on verso of front free endpaper. Slight spine lean, cloth lightly soiled, a very good copy. (#108591)
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