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WALLACE, Alfred Russel
Is Mars Habitable? A Critical Examination of Professor Percival Lowell's book "Mars and Its Canals", with an Alternative Explanation
London: Macmillan and Co, 1907. First edition. 8vo. xii, 110, (2) pp. Publisher's green cloth, gilt rules to the spine and upper board, gilt lettered to the former and with a circular title device incorporating the author's initials to the latter, the later ink stamp of a French bookseller to the front free endpaper. Frontispiece and a plate. Very good. Wallace's public refutation of Percival Lowell's theory of Martian canals and with it the possibility of life forms and even an advanced civilisation having existed on the red planet, the latter's book having been first published the year before. The work can be seen as an extension of Wallace's previous book "Man's Place in the Universe" of 1903, in which he argued that Earth was the only place in the universe that could support life due it to being the only planet which could sustain water in liquid form. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB) [Lewes, United Kingdom]
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