Paris:: Ernest Flammarion, 1894., 1894. 8vo. [viii], 385,  pp. Numerous illustrations, including engravings by Fortune Meaulle. Blue gilt-stamped cloth, beveled edges, all edges marbled, decorative gilt-stamped endleaves. Label of Koczan Gyorgy, Onga [Hungary], rubber-stamp on title. Very good+. 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 with real scientific rigor. 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." PROVENANCE: Koczan Gyorgy (d.1922), Onga [Hungary].
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