Utopias & imaginary voyages
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interior Three 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... More
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immorality Three 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... More
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1571.
An unexplained proto-Australia: a single southern continent for the first time Copper-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.... More
Paris: E. Ducrocq, 1850.
French Robinsonade Octavo, 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... More
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758.
Educational use of an imaginary voyage setting Two 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... More
Paris: chez Froulle, 1793.
A liberal society on the moon Octavo, good uncut copy; in later quarter red morocco with marbled boards. First of two editions published in 1793. It is of notable rarity, with only five copies of both editions listed in NUC.This work describes the wonderfully liberal state... More
Paris: l'Auteur, 1791.
Lunar living is rather like France Octavo; 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 written... More
Amsterdam: n.p. 1753.
First illustrated edition of an interesting utopia Four volumes in two, octavo; with all four titles and half-titles, each volume with an engraved plate as well as an engraved headpiece vignette at start of text; contemporary French mottled calf, an attractive set. The second French edition, with... More
Frankfurt & Leipzig: Gebruder …, 1751.
A lost city in Africa whose inhabitants do no wrong Two volumes in one, octavo; early ownership inscription, faded library stamp title verso, contemporary vellum. The first German edition and one of the scarcest of all editions of Berington's utopia: NUC, for example, lists... More
Gand: J. N. Houdin, 1821.
Early utopian socialism Octavo, 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 set... More
Paris: Hippolyte Souverain, 1840. Two volumes in one, octavo, with both half-titles, red quarter morocco with decorated boards, gilt title and bands on spine. A handsome copy of the very rare first edition of this key work, an imaginary voyage to a radical socialist utopia, and the 'most popular nineteenth... More
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... More
Amsterdam: Louis Elzevir, 1653. 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 famous Dominican friar Campanella. Chapter XXXI (pp. 274-288) is explicitly concerned with... More
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 the... More
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... More
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 signed... More
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 the... More
Edinburgh: James Ballantyne, 1810.
Choice uniform binding Twelve volumes, small octavo, with frontispieces and plates; contemporary half red morocco. A fine set of Defoe's works, including his classics Robinson Crusoe and A New Voyage Round the World, as well as History of the Plague, Colonel Jack, Captain Singleton and Memoirs... More
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 by... More
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 belief... More
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... More
Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
French edition Small 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... More
London: Albion Press, 1808. Duodecimo, with a portrait; original printed grey boards. An unusual printing of the famous semi-utopian text, Fontenelle's influential account of other worlds. The text is of some feminist interest: it is a woman who asks questions of the scientist in the Conversations, and its tacit acceptance... More
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopia Eight 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... More
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
Imaginary travels in the Australian inland Small 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... More