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Mars as the Abode of Life, Percival Lowell. First Edition, 1st Printing.
New York: Macmillan, 1908. Mars as the Abode of Life, Percival Lowell First edition First printing of Lowell's third, and most thorough, publication regarding the Mars and its supposed habitation by intelligent life forms. Lowell, the founder of the observatory bearing his namesake, spent 15 years studying Mars and made intricate drawings of its surface as he perceived it. He included detailed descriptions of what he termed 'canals' and 'oases' and their varying visibility depending on the season, theorizing that an advanced civilization had built the canals to tap Mars' ice caps in a last ditch attempt to save their drying planet. The existence of Lowell's canals was eventually disproved, but his work laid the groundwork for the first Mars SETI effort in 1924 and provided a lasting influence on science fiction, inspiring elements of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, radbury's The Martian Chronicles, Heinlein's Red Planet and more. New York: Macmillan, 1908. Octavo, pp. xix, 288 [2, ads], 8 plates with additional illustrations throughout; original red cloth with gilt stampted titles, top edge gilt, , including frontispiece. Light shelfwear to boards, with rubbing to extremities and the spine, binding cracked in a few places but sound and square, internally clean and free of markings. Rather uncommon. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Rare Book Sleuth is a rare and antiquarian book dealer specializing in modern first editions, signed copies and notable rarities. As a proud member of the IOBA, the Rare Book Sleuth adheres to the highest standards of professionalism in the fie … [Click Below for Full Description]
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