PLATONIA: A TALE OF OTHER WORLDS. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith ... London: Simkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, n.d. . Small octavo, pp. [1-9] 10-190, late nineteenth century three quarter brown leather and cloth. First edition. Published in cloth and in paper wrappers, this being one of the latter. "Science fiction story of a space flight to the planet Platonista, a small, previously undiscovered, world closer to Earth than Mars, encountered accidentally after the hazardous navigation of a meteor shower. The inhabitants are human, scientifically advanced, and the planet has some curious properties, of which the oddest is that its atmosphere slows light down so that the Platonian astronomers viewing Earth see it as it was 100 years earlier." - Locke, Voyages in Space 129. "An unknown, small planet nearer than Mars. Its capital is Campanella. Private enterprise but protected by state. Stress on gradual reform." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 98-9. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 19. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 139. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 52. Not in Lewis or Negley. Rebound in three-quarter leather without the paper wrappers, shallow chipping to leather at head and tail of spine panel, corner tips a bit worn, outer joints rubbed and repaired, internally a clean, very good copy. Rare. (#152398).
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