DER "STERN VON AFRIKA." EINE REISE INS WELTALL. ROMAN. Berlin: Verlag Ullstein & Co, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-301 [302: blank] [303: ads] [304: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], original pictorial cream boards with tan cloth shelf back, front panel printed in red and black (cover illustration by Windisch), spine panel stamped in black and gold, top edge stained orange. First edition, first printing. A tale of the future set in the year 3000 A.D. after Earth has entered a new ice age following its passing into a cloud of cosmic dust. Most of Earth is either uninhabitable or barely habitable and the center of civilization is in Africa. Technology is advanced but not enough to avert the probable extinction of all life on the planet. Published in English as "The Cosmic Cloud" in WONDER STORIES QUARTERLY, Fall 1931. From humble working-class background, Burgel (1875-1948) rose to become a noted popularizer of astronomy, somewhat in the same position as Flammarion in France a generation earlier. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 295. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years 148. Lexikon 2, p. 56. Bloch (2002) 550. Nagl, p. 253. Boards soiled, ink stain on rear board, hairline crack along inner front hinge, pulpy text paper tanned, a sound, good copy. (#162907).
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