Two vols, 12mo, pp. xxiv, 339,  errata; vi, 384; titles printed in red and black; some light browning, but a good copy in contemporary mottled calf, extremities rubbed, short crack to joints at head and foot, spines stamped gilt in compartments, with contrasting gilt morocco lettering- and numbering-pieces.
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First edition. In this account of a dreamed lunar citadel, Sélénopolis, the author (of whom little is known) explores a classic theme of Enlightenment thought – the comparison between the natural and the social state of man. The work is particularly notable for its ideas on technology, aviation and space travel. Volume II consists of discourses on a variety of subjects germane to the voyage.
Hartig, ‘Essai de Bibliographie’, in Hartig & Soboul, Pour une histoire de l’utopie en France, au XVIIIe siècle, p. 57; Negley 1141; Quérard, Supercheries littéraires dévoilées  II, 791. See Versins, p. 540.
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