FUTUREDAYS: A NINETEENTH-CENTURY VISION OF THE YEAR 2000. Text by Isaac Asimov. Illustrations by Jean Marc Cote. New York: Henry Holt and Company, . Small quarto, pp. [1-5] 6-96, 50 color illustrations, pictorial wrappers. First edition. In 1899, Jean Marc Cote, a French commercial artist, was commissioned to produce illustrations for a series of cigarette cards to coincide with celebrations being held throughout France to mark the turn of the century. But, before the cards could be distributed, the company that had commissioned them ceased business upon the death of its founder, and only one complete set of cards survived. Fifty of the cards, whimsically depicting life in the year 2000, are reproduced here, with commentary and analysis by Asimov. The debt Cote's vision of the future owes to fellow French artist Albert Robida is evident in these illustrations. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2454. A fine copy. (#161471).
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