WICKS, MARK. - To Mars Via the Moon. An Astronomical Story.
London, Seeley 1911. Octavo illustrated cloth blocked in gilt; 16 plates. Some browning at the beginning but an excellent, bright copy. Ronald E. Graham's copy with his bookplate on the front fly and, loose inside, the bookseller's label of science fiction pioneer G. Ken Chapman with the pretty steep price of four guineas. ¶ First edition, first of two binding variants according to Locke ('Spectrum of Fantasy'). Sometimes dismissed as being for 'younger readers', but this seems a mistake based on the appearance of the book - it is plump, gilded and illustrated - rather than its contents. It is a lesson in astronomy anchored in Percival Lowell's certainty that Mars was crisscrossed with canals - and hence home to an intelligent species; but it is also an interplanetary adventure, a novel of reincarnation and a utopian novel.AUD 375.00 [Appr.: EURO 265.25 US$ 286.58 | £UK 231.25 | JP¥ 31848] Book number 8030
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