'Banville is superb ...there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read: Doctor Copernicus is among the very best of them' - "The Economist". The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view of ...
'Banville is superb ...there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read: Doctor Copernicus is among the very best of them' - "The Economist". The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view of the universe and led to the formulation of the image of the solar system we know today. Here his life is powerfully evoked in a novel that offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and his ideas while he searches for the secret of life. 'Banville writes novels of complex patterning, with grace, precision and timing' - "Guardian". 'With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov' - "Daily Telegraph". 'A tour de force: a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world' - "The Times".
Good in good dust jacket. Discoloureation of pages and cover due to aging. Moderate shelfware. Otherwise a very readable copy. 256 p. If you have any queries regarding this book, please don't hesitate to contact us: hello@ravenbooks. ie
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Cloth spine with gilt lettering. 241 pages. Has small moisture stains to bottom of front board and interior of jacket. Lower corner of jacket flap clipped. Contents clean and tight. "Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976, this historical novel is based on the life of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, whose ideas and writings shattered the medieval view of the universe."
F- in VG+ jacket. Signed by Author. F-/VG+. 8vo. original blue cloth backed boards gilt (exposed edges a little faded) in dustwrapper (price-clipped, a little rubbed & nicked, slight water mark to rear panel, spine a little faded); pp. [x], 244. A near fine copy. Flatsigned to title page 'John Banville'.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author 1st printing of the first American hardcover edition SIGNED by Banville on the title page in black ink. No inscription. Steel blue paper boards with navy blue cloth binding. The book is square and tight with sharp corners and no internal markings. There is the ghost of a small, square price sticker on the front free endpaper. There is a shallow cut in the surface of the front board, an inch in length, presumably from a blade. The heel of the spine remains sharp but there is some color loss to the bottom edge. There are two dents in the bottom edge of the back board, at the mid-point. The jacket is bright, crisp and price intact. The bottom corner of the front flap is clipped, which is a commonly found trait of the first U.S. edition. The white flaps and back panel of the jacket show mild sun-tanning. There is a short, closed tear in the bottom edge of the back panel, next to the heel. The first book in what has been called the Revolutions Trilogy, and an autographed American first of Kepler is also available from this bookseller. It is the first book in the sequence of novels that "takes as its theme the price which the creative scientist or artist must pay in terms of his own humanity, his ability to live fully." Copernicus, Kepler and the nameless narrator of The Newton Letter are "caught in the dilemma of the Yeatsian man who must choose between life and work, action and thought, experience and creation. The solution he seeks is to attempt to find a formula, to reduce the disorder of common things to an equation, to 'show up the seemingly random for what it really is'". These quotes are from the jacket copy of the British first edition of Banville's next novel Mefisto, which explores the same theme and concludes the series of four books which began with Doctor Copernicus. Canadian orders will be charged GST.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-09-13 These unusually fine biographical novels vivify Copernicus, the man who reshaped the medieval world view, and 16th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler, whose science was a means to pursue the nature of God. (Oct.)
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