London:: Longmans, Green, 1896., 1896. 8vo. vi, 228 pp. Original red blind- and gilt-stamped cloth, top edge gilt; spine ends slightly frayed, lower corner lightly bumped, marginal wear to title. Very good. First edition. A great believer of life on Mars, Lowell, a very wealthy man, "had a profound influence on the general public." DSB VIII, p. 520. Lowell has always suffered for his status as an amateur astronomer, but he nonetheless was both influential and he touched a chord of interest in the aspect of life on Mars and the evidence thereof (i.e., the canal system). Ray Bradbury said it with his own science-fiction brand, "We are the Martians." – The Martian Chronicles. / Lowell worked tirelessly to study and popularize his understanding of the planets, and it was hard work that played a key role in the discovery of Pluto. While many of his theories have been debunked with the advent of modern technology, his name is inextricably linked with the history of thought about our neighboring planets and in particular Mars.
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