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...
Fair with no dust jacket. Binding poor, with large 6" tear to spine cloth. Rear joint broken. Front hinge broken. Binding loose. Some loss of cloth along edges of corners of boards. A rough reading copy.; First UK edition. Text in English, translated from the French by Augusta Rice Stetson. vi, 245,  pages + 32 pages advertisements. Cloth boards with illustration of 2 persons in a balloon on front board. Page dimensions: 191 x 126mm. Numerous small in-text illustrations by de Beiler, Myrbach, and Gambard. Science Fiction. A reincarnation romance. Flammarion (1842-1925) was a French astronomer and writer, and "one of the first major popularizers of Astronomy" [Clute & Nicholls, "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" (1995) page 432] [Seller ref: Knightcol]; 8vo.
-1 jacket. 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'atmosph? re: m? t? orologie 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.
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