Paris:: Ernest Flammarion, 1894., 1894. Two parts in one vol. 8vo. [vi], 385,  pp. Numerous plates and vignettes; pl. facing p. 354 with marginal tear, occasional foxing. Contemporary quarter brown gilt-stamped large-grained morocco, gilt-stamped black-printed light blue cloth, black calf gilt-stamped spine labels, top edge gilt; PAGES LOOSE. Very good. "The End of the World." First edition. While not the first science fiction novel concerned with the extinction of the human race, Flammarion's novel was perhaps the first to treat the matter so scientifically, as it relates the consequences of a carbonic-oxide comet colliding with the Earth in the 25th century. A disastrously unsuccessful adaptation of the novel was filmed by Abel Glance in 1931. The second part, chapter III, opens with a marvelous vignette, of a flying airship, with vanes for wings, propellers, and the two occupants are lock-lipped! A photo-engraving, signed by Helle, of the Sun, appears on p. 121: "Dejà, en certaines annees, le Soleil se couvre de taches immenses." There is also an engraving to show the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 (p. 193). Flammarion penned these lines (translated herein), within this book, "In the future, when the end of things will arrive on this earth, the event will then pass completely unperceived in the universe. The stars will continue to shine after the extinction of our sun, as they already shone before our existence."
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