London: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. [Popular Science] LIMITED PRIVATE PRESS EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp. x; 138 . With fine colour-illustrated head pieces. Number 1556 of 1600 copies, including 1200 thus, and 400 for sale in the US by Random House. A fine letterpress printing on Van Gelder paper from the Curwen Press. Publisher's limp vellum, with gilt titles to spine, and gilt decoration to upper. All edges deckled; top edge also gilt. With the original dark green paper-covered slipcase, with star decorations in gilt. Large blue ink gift inscription to fly-leaf, dated 1946. Just a touch of spotting to endpapers, and spine very slightly toned. Heavy wear to slipcase. Very good. Originally published in French as 'Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes' (1686), this is one of the first popular books explaining complex scientific theories - in this case the heliocentric nature of the solar system and the wider universe. Framed around a dialogue about the beauty of the sky at night, it was immediately successful, and English translations by Glanvill and Aphra Benn quickly followed. Item #59426
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