Voyages to the Moon and the Sun.

By Cyrano De Bergerac

Printed: 1991

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Dimensions 20 × 29 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 20 x 29 x 3

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In a fitted Box. Brown cloth spine with gilt title. Tan boards with sun and moon drawing on the front board.

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A Folio First Edition in magnificent condition

Originally published in 1657 and 1662, respectively, the novels combined science fiction and political satire. A new translation of the French 17th century author, soldier and philosopher with introductory notes on the life, legend and works.

The Other World: Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon (L’Autre monde ou les états et empires de la Lune) was the first of three satirical novels written by Cyrano de Bergerac. It was published posthumously in 1657 and, along with its companion work The States and Empires of the Sun, is considered one of the earliest published science fiction stories. Arthur C. Clarke credited the book with the first description of rocket-powered spaceflight, and with the invention of the ramjet.

Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac ( 6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French novelist, playwright, epistolarian, and duelist.

A bold and innovative author, his work was part of the libertine literature of the first half of the 17th century. Today, he is best known as the inspiration for Edmond Rostand’s most noted drama, Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), which, although it includes elements of his life, also contains invention and myth.

Since the 1970s, there has been a resurgence in the study of Cyrano, demonstrated in the abundance of theses, essays, articles and biographies published in France and elsewhere.

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