8vo. 8 x 5 1/4 inches. 138 pp. Astrological fleurons in red and black on title page, 8 stenciled illustrations (6 highlighted in gilt), top edge gilt 'on the rough'; text clean, unmarked, edges toned. Full limp vellum, gilt vignette on front cover, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, few small ink stains on rear cover. Housed in a case covered with decorated paper, shelf wear. Muir Dawson's copy. Fine. This text was one of the earliest popular books on space travel. It explains Copernicus' heliocentric model of the universe in a novelistic style. Fontenelle was a failed poet and playwright, but a very successful social commentator, natural philosopher, and science writer. The text presented here is from the first English translation by John Glanvill, which appeared in 1687. Reference: Nonesuch Press, The History of Nonesuch Press, no. 65.
A Plurality of Worlds, Bernard de Fontenelle, The Nonesuch Press, copernicus