Utopias & imaginary voyages
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Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to...
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immoralityThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In...
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1571.
An unexplained proto-Australia: a single southern continent for the first timeCopper-engraved double-hemisphere world map, 335 x 545 mm.; mounted. A very rare sixteenth century map depicting an island roughly in the position of Australia. Montanus shows for the first time on a world map a....
Paris: E. Ducrocq, 1850.
French RobinsonadeOctavo, with eight chromolithographs (including frontispiece); in the original black grained cloth, spine ornately gilt, all edges gilt. A good example of one of the later Robinsonades. First published around the same time as the now more famous Swiss Family Robinson tales by Wyss...
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758.
Educational use of an imaginary voyage settingTwo volumes, small octavo; a neat set in contemporary calf, flat spines gilt in compartments. Second edition, following a 1754 version by the same publisher. Both works are of some rarity, NUC listing a single copy of the first...
Paris: l'Auteur, 1791.
Lunar living is rather like FranceOctavo; original condition, stitched in plain blue-grey wrappers. First edition: lunar life proves very similar to life in provincial France, but the music is better. Beffroy de Reigny (1757-1811) was a highly successful journalist and dramatist. His most important works were...
Gand: J. N. Houdin, 1821.
Early utopian socialismOctavo, uncut, in wrappers. First French edition: history of the formation of an early socialist society in Europe. This is a French translation from the Dutch of a text by the reformer van den Bosch, who, along with his Societé de Bienfaisance...
Nangazaki [Paris]: "Klnporzenkru, L'an du monde 59749" 1749. Two volumes in one, duodecimo, first title lightly stained and with an early ms attribution to 'Cahusac'; in old dark blue paper boards, red leather label. "Last edition" of this charming and rare book which had been suppressed by the authorities in...
Amsterdam: Louis Elzevir, 1653.
Build a wall "lest the English should break in and bring heresy."24mo., engraved title, all edges gilt; in nineteenth-century full red morocco, gilt arms of Henry J.B. Clements on front cover, spine banded and gilt. Attractive small Elzevir edition of this utopian work by the...
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1787. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa. The young Greek Azémor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn.....
Paris: Henri Plon, 1871. Duodecimo, quarter red-brown morocco. Early French edition of Chesney's electrifying tale of the German invasion of England. Its depiction of the humiliation of the English in battle, but also the crushing despair of life under German rule, positions this work as one of the most important...
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, green quarter morocco. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by the losses, and Napoleon III had hastily...
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, uncut; original blue paper wrappers, manuscript inscription on front cover. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by...
Delft: Henry van Rhin, 1711. Duodecimo, speckled calf, First edition: a theocratic republic on a South American Island. The author of this utopia remains unknown, but the preface is signed E.R.V.F.L. A fertile island with the capital Macarie had been sliding into corruption and godlessness until society was 'gradually reformed.....
Brattleboro: by the Author, 1849. Octavo, a fine copy in blind-stamped publisher's cloth, gilt title on spine. First edition: a lurid denunciation of John Humphrey Noyes's famous American utopian community at Putney. Noyes was the charismatic founder of the 'Perfectionist' community in Putney Vermont. Already suspect to Church authorities, Noyes's...
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
French editionSmall octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands, red morocco label; with the bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of...
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern...
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopiaEight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his...
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
Imaginary travels in the Australian inlandSmall octavo; half-title discarded, no publisher's advertisements which appear in some copies; in full green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare Australian utopia and imaginary voyage: first edition of this fantastical tale chronicling an 1835 expedition from Bathurst to the...
The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1952. Quarto, unopened, in blue boards; blind embossed printer's device on front board. First edition: an elegant monograph on utopia. This thesis on the development of economics in the English Utopia gives priority to key works such as Bacon's New Atlantis, but also includes chapters on...
West Brookfield: O.S. Cooke & Co., 1849. Octavo, in original printed wrappers. Rare first edition of a radical American utopian tract. Greene (1818-1878) was a prominent American theorist and Unitarian minister, who published prolifically on the question of government and banking, as well as producing more esoteric works on the...
Paris: chez Breaute, 1861. 12mo., uncut, in the original pink printed wrappers. First edition and very scarce: through natural aptitude and indefatigable perseverance Mlle. Hertha discovers the truths of the universe. This work is an abstract from Hertha's longer text Égalité-Liberté, and is presented to her public in the hope.....
London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1797. Octavo, uncut, single leaf errata; in period style half red morocco. Influential study of the tales of Sindbad and their relation to the imaginary voyage. The poet and antiquary Hole (1746-1803) was a founding member of the Exeter Literary Society, to which he...