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DANIEL, Gabriel.:
A VOYAGE TO THE WORLD OF CARTESIUS. Written originally in French. Translated into English by T. Taylor M.A.
London, Thomas Bennet, 1694.. SECOND ENGLISH EDITION 1694 (first published in 1692, the original French edition Voyage du Monde de Descartes first published in 1690). 8vo, approximately 185 x 115 mm, 7½ x 4½ inches, 16 woodcut images and diagrams in the text, pages: [16], 1-298, [6], with advert and errata on last prelim leaf, bound in full modern panelled speckled calf, gilt decorated raised bands, richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, new endpapers. Author's name written neatly on title page, light browning throughout, small piece missing from 2 lower corners, no loss of text, tiny hole in 1 page, all still legible. A very good copy. Gabriel Daniel (1649 - 1728) born in Rouen, was a French Jesuit scholar, author of books on history, philosophy and religion. In this book, called a romance by the translator and sometimes classed as science fiction, he visits the moon and explores the cosmos of rotating vortices hypothesized by Descartes circa 1640, a cosmos recently confirmed by studies of the origins of the solar system, of spiral galaxies, and of accretion disks around black holes. Pere Daniel's efforts are directed to satirising the Cartesian system and theories. See: Voyages in Space by George Locke, page12, No, 006. ESTC R29697. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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