VOIAGE DU MONDE DE DESCARTES.

VOIAGE DU MONDE DE DESCARTES. Paris: Chez la Veuve de Simon Be'nard, ruë saint Jacques, vis-à-vis le College de Loüis le Grand, 1690. 12mo, pp. [1-18] [1-10] 11-437 [438: errata] [439-440: blank], one inserted folded double plate, 18 woodcut illustrations in the text, contemporary mottled calf, brown morocco title piece affixed to spine panel, spine panel and edges richly tooled in gold, all edges of text block speckled red, marbled endpapers. First edition. A popular work reprinted at least four times in Europe by 1739 and translated into English as A VOYAGE TO THE WORLD OF CARTESIUS (1692). "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 a later 1694 British edition). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 13 (describing the 1692 British edition). Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 255 (recording 5 copies of this edition). Nicolson, Voyages to the Moon, pp. 202-3. Bleiler (1978), p. 56 (listing the 1692 British edition). Shallow loss at spine ends and lower rear corner tip renewed, calf refurbished, two closed tears in title leaf professionally mended, minor ink stains on four leaves, neat marginalia on page 288. Overall, a remarkably clean copy of this classic work in an attractive contemporary binding. Provenance: Printed book label of Guyot de St. Michel, "Membre honoraire de l'Académie de Dijon 1776" affixed to front paste-down, his signature on the title page, notes in his hand on versos of free endpaper and front flyleaf,leaf with notes in his hand inserted between front free endpaper and front flyleaf, and seven-line marginalia on page 288. (#158458).

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