Maybe the first science fiction story. The protagonist in fact hypothesises possible life forms on other planets, introducing in fact modern science fiction.
Charming large illustrated plate, engraved and folded, depicting a large theatrical curtain that shows the celestial vault formed by multiple orbits / planetary systems gravitating around the sun and its planets. One of the very first scientific works for divulgation purposes written by the Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of Sciences, which explains Copernican cosmology and the motion of the planets of Descartes, rejecting the idea of a centre of the universe.
The dialogues are the six evenings at palazzo dei Marchesi in ... The simplicity of the dialogues and the comprehensibility of the text established its success, waking the public’s interest also by assuming possible life forms on other planets, introducing modern Science Fiction. The Dialogues des Morts, on the other hand, in imitation of those of Lucius, offer a lively and ironic comparison between the great men of the past and the modern ones, such as between Socrates and Montaigne. Many editions were printed until the mid-1800s. An excellent copy.
Coeval full leather binding, smooth spine decorated with raised bands, red Moroccan leather title, marbled edges, pp. viii -  - 362 (complete). In good condition.
Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes Augmentés des Dialogues des Morts Par M. de Fontenelle, de l'Académie Française.
A Marseille, chez Jean Mossy, Imprimeur du Roi, de la Marine, et Librairie au Parc, 1780.
Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (Rouen, 1657 - Paris, 1757), French writer and aphorist.
In his writings he was a forerunner of many themes of the Enlightenment. His most famous work is Conversazioni sulla pluralità dei mondi (1686).
- Aantal boeken
- Sciencefiction, kosmologie, astronomie
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- M. de Fontenelle
- Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes Augmentés des Dialogues des Morts Par
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Geïllustreerde druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- A Marseille, chez Jean Mossy, Imprimeur du Roi
- Ingeplakte plaatjes
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 171×111 mm