A VOYAGE TO THE WORLD OF CARTESIUS. Written Originally in French, and now Translated into English. London: Printed, and Sold by Thomas Bennet at the Half Moon in S. Paul's Church-Yard, 1692. Octavo, pp. [1-16] 1-198 [1-6: index]; collates A8-I8 K8-U8, illustrated with woodcuts, old paneled calf, spine panel tooled in gold, front and rear panels tooled in blind, red morocco title label (slightly chipped) affixed to spine panel. First edition in English. Translation (by T. Taylor) of VOIAGE DU MONDE DE DESCARTES (1690). "An ingenious satire on Descartes' system of vortices put into the form of a cosmic voyage through the Cartesian universe." - Gibson and Patrick, "Utopias and Dystopias, 1500-1750" in Gibson, St. Thomas More: A Preliminary Bibliography (1961) 662. "One of the earliest interplanetaries of all, based on the theories of Descartes; Spirit voyages to the Moon, peopled by those passed on from their lives on Earth, and then to a cosmos operated on Cartesian principles. Most of the latter part of the book is in the form of an illustrated dissertation." - Locke, Voyages in Space 006. "... the aim of the work is to spread the information about the principal philosophical debates of the time ... Nonetheless, the use of the narrative expedient of the voyage to the Moon is an interesting device which places Daniel in the sixteenth-century tradition of Wilkins, Godwin and Cyrano (to whom specific reference is made). - Fortunati and Trousson (editors), Dictionary of Literary Utopias, pp. 673-4. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 20-1. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 298. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 50 (citing the later 1694 edition). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 13. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 256 (recording 5 copies of this edition). Nicolson, Voyages to the Moon, pp. 202-03. Wing D201. Bleiler (1978), p. 56. Front joint professionally repaired, minute chip from leaf I2 affecting several letters of text, a remarkably clean, attractive copy of this classic work in a handsome contemporary binding. Enclosed in a custom quarter leather slipcase. (#149762).
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