1728 Conversations with a Lady on the Plurality of Worlds
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An Important Work, Early Edition, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
The fifth edition of this Glanvill translation. John Glanvill's translation was first compounded in 1687. Glanville was an English barrister by profession, who also wrote poetry and published many translations. Fontenelle's 'Plurality' is one of the earliest works to popularise astronomy for the layman. It speculates regarding life on other planets and is presented as a series of conversations over dinner between the author and a marquise who stargaze at night. This work describes a heliocentric model of the universe, which was first suggested by Copernicus in his work 'De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium'. This translation has additions of a sixth conversation and a discourse concerning the 'antients and moderns' by Fontenelle which is translated here by 'Mr Hughes'. Illustrated, with a frontispiece. A smart copy of this work.
In a speckled calf binding. Externally, generally smart with rubbing to the joints and extremities. Small loss to the head of spine. Front joint is cracked, with the hinge tender and held by one cord only. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper, dated 1904. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright. Tidemarks to the first eight pages, including title and frontis. Tidemarks are light and don't obstruct the text or image. Loss to the title page, where a prior owner has neatly excised another owner's signature. Occasional light spots to pages.
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