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(HOLBERG, LUDVIG). - [-UTOPIAN MASTERPIECE - A JOURNEY TO THE WORLD UNDERGROUND]
Nicolai Klimii iter subterraneum novam telluris theoriam ac historiam quintæ monarchiæ adhuc nobis incognitæ exhibens Bibliotheca B. Abelini.
Hafniæ & Lipsiæ, Jacob Preuss, 1741. Samt. helldrbd. m. oph. bd. på ryg. Rygforgyldn. slidt næsten væk, nedre kapitæl slidt, hæftesnorene synlige ved forreste indre fals. Indvendig pæn. M. det kobberst. titelbl., det kobberst. portræt og de tre kobberst. tavler, heriblandt foldekobberet over underverdenen. Tavle III ligger løst.Cont. full calf w. raised bands on back. Gilding on back almost worn off. Cords showing at inner front-hinge, but binding tight. Internally fine with only minor brownspotting. Complete with the engaved frontispiece-portrait and the three engraved plates, including the large folded map of the "Underworld". Engraved title-page. ¶ Originaludgaven. af Holbergs berømte utopiværk, Niels Klim i Underverdenen. Ehr.-M. XII:213 ff.First edition of this influential utopian mastepiece. The satirical piece of science fiction by the "father of Danish Literature", the famous Danish professor of Law and Philosophy, Ludvig Holberg, can be compared in style and setup to Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", which was published 15 years earlier. The sharp political satire is not bound to a specific nation, but to the entire human race, and thus gives a picture of human conditions and thought in general in this period. Though the work does not bear a title which directly indicates its obvious utopian connections, as does for instance More's "Utopia", the name of the land of the living trees, in which Niels Klim arrives, "Potu", is very likely to constitute a word game indicating it's obvious literary intention: Spelled backwards we get: "UTOP". The quaint creatures and societie … [Click Below for Full Description]
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