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BRUN, Emmy Ingeborg
Mars efter Lowell’s Glober 1894-1914.
Denmark,, 1909. [1918?]. Papier mâché globe (diameter 140 mm), plaster coating, small area of loss, original ink and body hand-colour, varnish, brass horizon ring, black painted wooden base (overall height 290 mm) [with] brown paper booklet, stab bound, seven photographs, protected by tissue paper, handwritten paper label pasted to inside cover, manuscript notes [and] brown paper booklet, stab bound, photograph protected by tissue paper, manuscript notes. A rare and fascinating manuscript globe of Mars, suggestive of the possibility of Martian civilisation. This example is accompanied by two small handmade booklets, of particular interest because they contain contemporary pictures of the creation of Brun’s globes. The globe and booklets together suggest the social and political impact of contemporary scientific discoveries, and the politicization of inquiries into space. Brun’s inspiration Emmy Ingeborg Brun (1872-1929) was a Danish writer, socialist and astronomer. She had no formal training - her father did not allow her to go to university - and spent long periods of her life bedridden, but was fascinated by the theories of contemporary astronomers Percival Lowell and Giovanni Schiaparelli, and the political scientist Henry George. Improving contemporary scientific observation of Mars was accompanied by a corresponding interest in socio-political thought in the planet as a potential site for socialism or communism. This took the form of fiction, like Alexander Bogdanov’s 1908 novel ‘Red Star’, and was also addressed in scientific theories. In 1855 Schiap … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Daniel Crouch Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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