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Small octavo, two parts in volume: pp. [1-6]  2-130; [1-4]  2-126 [127: ad] [128: blank], title page printed in red and black, early three-quarter leather and marbled boards. First edition in English. Part two is dated MDCCLX, most likely in error as the first part was published in 1761 (and is so dated) and the translator's preface in part one is dated "Feb. 5, 1761." The narrator travels to Giphantia, in Guinea, home of a scientifically advanced race. Using devices which amplify sounds and project images, he views fragments of the past, present, and future history of the world. Mainly philosophical dialogues, satire and social criticism. Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years 2185. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 188. Negley, Utopian Literature 1102. Versins, Encyclopédie de l'utopie, des voyage extraordinaires, et de la science-fiction, p. 888. Bleiler (1978), p. 194. Reginald 14145. Not in Gove or Costes and Altairac. Skillfully rebacked to style with original red leather title piece retained, corners worn, boards rubbed, title page soiled, two signatures of an early owner on title page, scattered fox marks to a few early pages, otherwise text quite clean, a very good copy. (#149736). N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : GIPHANTIA; OR A VIEW OF WHAT HAS PASSED, ...
Éditeur : Printed for Robert Horsfield, in Ludgate-Street 1761-1760.
Date d'édition : 1761
Description du livre Gale ECCO, Print Editions, 2010. Paperback. État : New. This item is printed on demand. N° de réf. du libraire INGM9781140698487
Description du livre Gale ECCO, Print Editions, 2010. Paperback. État : New. This item is printed on demand. N° de réf. du libraire INGM9781140698494
Description du livre Gale ECCO, Print Editions. PAPERBACK. État : New. 1140698486 Special order direct from the distributor. N° de réf. du libraire ING9781140698487
Description du livre London Robert Horsfield, 1761. Two parts in one vol., 8vo, (6) + 130 + (6) + 126 + (2)pp, first title printed in red and black, including the final advertisement leaf, contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, gilt in compartments, raised bands and label. A very good crisp copy. First edition in English (but variant with both vols. dated 1761). A remarkable imaginary voyage to the middle of Africa where the author finds the city of Babylon in a country called Giphantia. He there is confronted by the Prefect who introduces him to the Fantastical Tree. It is the leaves of this tree that inspire Tiphaigne to reflect on the meaning of life and to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the Western world, its philosophies, political and economic motivations and the characteristics which distinguish it from the animal world. In several chapters in Part II, (viz. The Fantastical Tree, The Predictions, The System> and Epistle to the Europeans>). Tiphaigne makes a number of telling observations about such subjects as trade, population, wealth, war, and European society in general. Tiphaigne, who was a doctor of the faculty of Caen and a member of the academy of Rouen, also published in 1761 his rather similar 'L'Empire des Zaziris sur les humains, ou la Zazirocratie', another critical and amusing survey of mid- 18th century society. * The title in French (Giphantie) is an anagram of the author's name. Lewis (Utopian literature in Penn. State University Libraries>) p.188. Not, however, in Gove (The Imaginary voyage in prose fiction>). N° de réf. du libraire 25544