London: for R. Bentley and S. Magnes, 1688.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002282
8vo (162 x 102 mm). , 152 pp. Signatures: A6 B-K8 L4. E4 is a cancel leaf. Contemporary mottled calf, elaborate gilt spine (upper joint neatly repaired, head of spine slightly chipped), preserved in cloth slipcase. Internally only slightly browned, a little faint dampstaining, marginal paper flaw in H3. Provenance: J. Borole(?), Oriel College, Oxford (inscription "J Borole(?) / Orielensis Oxon. / Apr. 24, 1949" to first free endpaper). Fine copy. ----
Wing F1416; Hodgson, p.399. - THE RARE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. One of the first major works of the Age of Enlightenment. "Fontenelle's treatise ... marks a true watershed in the history of the idea of the plurality of worlds ... written in a language that the normal educated person could understand, and ... see the basic concepts of the new Copernican astronomy as supplemented by Descartes" (Steven J. Dick, Plurality of Worlds, p. 126).
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