"[science Fiction] Ville d'Avray - Voyage In The Moon Before 1900. 50 Plates."
CITY OF AVRAY (Arthur Victor Thierry de). Voyage to the moon before 1900. Paris, Librairie Furne, Jouvet et Cie, sd . Flight. in Italian-style in-4 format (214 x 170 mm) of 1 f. bl., 2 ff. n.fol., 50 pp. and 1 f. bl. Edition binding of full cherry cardboard in imitation of morocco, title stamped in gold on the front cover, smooth spine. Rare first edition. Important work of science fiction from the end of the 19th century, it consists of a series of 50 color lithographs printed on the front only - with texts in the lower margin - depicting the adventures of two explorers on the moon; who thus discover the strange as well as frightening creatures that inhabit it. "Deemed untraceable, this extraordinary picture book - with whimsical poetry - is considered one of the first works of science fiction". '' We find in this collection the extravagances of old stories and the caricature of the time, bizarre animals, mushrooms the size of a tree, etc. '' (in Versins). '' Mr. Baboulifiche decides to undertake the very first trip to the moon. Accompanied by his servant Papavoine, he sets off in a hot air balloon. Their balloon bursts before suddenly landing on the ground. There, the two heroes meet gigantic mussels, flying spiders, horrible monsters, lunar soldiers ... What an adventure! A dream come true or a real nightmare? '' Versins, Encyclopedia of Utopia and Science Fiction, 23-b. Worn angles and cuts. Back redone. Some clear rednesses in the text more marked on the frontispiece). Tiny alteration in the upper margin of a sheet. Tiny tear in the margin of another. Very slight old restoration on the lower margin of three leaves. Besides, all in good condition. Rare.