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Wilkins John
Le Monde IN La Lune. Split IN Deux Livres. The Premier, Prouvant That La Lune
SARL ABRAXAS-LIBRIS, 1655. Condition: Very Good. Very rare work, here full of its frontispiece presenting Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo. 'The work is aimed at the general public rather than experts on the subject, and its aim is to popularize the vision of L'univers that we owe to Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo. The main argument is that the Moon is not a bright disc but rather a world with a landscape like that of Earth. Of course Wilkins is not the first to put forward such a theory; for example Galileo indicated it in a similar way. Perhaps more surprisingly, he thinks that the Moon is a habitable planet and predicts that one day the trip to it will be possible. Here too Wilkins is not the first to make this suggestion but it is typical of the way he thinks, allowing his mind to wander among ideas that others would have found too unconventional to consider. ' In-12 bound full parchment (bound and washed in 1861 according to a note on the guard). According to a note on the first plate, the book was "washed and bound in 1861". Its cover is in full parchment, probably of recovery: remains of handwriting are still perfectly visible. This technique, fairly common in the 19th and early 20th centuries, sometimes produces imperfect results. Here, however, the binding has been carefully done and suffers from no defects. Title piece: frontispiece, 8 non-paginated pages containing the title and to the reader, 269 pages for the text of the first part, 3 non-paginated pages for the table, 2 non-paginated pages for the title, 284 pages for the text, 3 non-paginated pages for the tabl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: abraxas-libris [Bécherel, France]
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