URANIA ... Translated by Augusta Rice Stetson. Boston: Estes and Lauriat Publishers, . Large octavo, pp. [1-5] 6 [7-9] 10-314 [315-316: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], fly leaf precedes half title leaf, illustrated by de Bieler, Myrbach, and Gambard, original decorated maroon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, slate coated endpapers, t.e.g. First U.S. hardcover (and first illustrated) edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by the translator, Augusta Rice Stetson, to her sister dated 1890 on recto of front flyleaf. Translation of URANIE (1889). Preceded by a paperbound subscription library edition issued by Cassell as their "Sunshine Series" number 46. "A mixture of mysticism and science fiction which sold well in its day; spirit travels through space and time and a visit to an advanced Mars." - Locke, Voyages in Space 75. "Popular narrative recipe of mixing astronomy with spiritualism made Flammarion world-wide success." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 44. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-408. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 776. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 84. Bleiler (1978), p. 74. Reginald 05461. Binding lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, nearly fine copy with tight inner hinges. An excellent copy of an attractive book that is scarce in superior condition. (#150923).
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