LES TERRES DU CIEL: DESCRIPTION ASTRONOMIQUE, PHYSIQUE, CLIMATOLOGIQUE, GÉOGRAHIQUE DES PLANÈTES QUI GRAVITENT AVEC LA TERRE AUTOUR DU SOLEIL ET DE LÉTAT PROBABLE DE LA VIE A SURFACE.
Paris: Libraire Académique Didier et Cie, 1877. Second edition. 8vo., [v], 600 pp., engraved frontispiece, 97 engravings in text, 6 blue toned lithographic plates, and 2 mounted woodburytype photographic plates with tissue guards. Scattered foxing. Contemporary half morroco and marbled paper over boards, spine titled and decorated in gilt; lightly rubbed. SIGNED dated 1878, and presented by the author. A very good copy. Item #53093
Camille Flammarion (1842 - 1925) was a French astronomer and prolific author whose works were widely read. His interests in spiritualism, reincarnation and alien life throughout the universe were explored in both his scientific and science fiction publications.
Two photographic plates illustrate this title: a three-quarter view of the moon by L. M. Rutherfurd, and a constructed view of the moon's surface by James Nasmyth from his classic THE MOON: CONSIDERED AS A PLANET, A WORLD, AND A SATELLITE.