London: for R. Bentley and S. Magnes, 1688.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003594
8vo (157 x 97 mm). , 152 pp. Signatures: A6 B-K8 L4. E4 is a cancel leaf. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, neatly reabacked (minor wear to extremities and corners). Text with little even browning, minor dust-soiling to outer margins in places. Provenance: Mel(?) Baker (inscribed on front pastedown). A very good+ copy. ----
Wing F1416; Hodgson, p.399. - THE RARE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION and one of the first major works of the Age of Enlightenment. It was a very popular exposition of the general principles of astronomy and was influential in promoting the acceptance of the Copernican system in the early half of the eighteenth century. "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). - Visit our website to see more images!
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