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Autograph Manuscript, written out for the printers by Dr Dionysius Lardner, giving the text of a poster advertising one of 'Dr. Lardner's Lectures' in Boston, on the theme 'Are the Planets inhabited?'

Dr Dionysius Lardner (1793-1859), Irish writer on science, editor of the Cabinet Cyclopaedia [The National Theatre, Boston; extraterrestrial life]

Editorial: ; Boston Massachusetts, 1843
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Lardner's autograph text, of 23 lines, is on a piece of paper approximately 20.5 x 32 cm. Attached at the head of this, and increasing the height to 38.5 cm, has been pasted a piece of paper 22 x 10.5 cm, carrying, from a previous handbill, the three-line heading printed in large, bold type: 'NATIONAL THEATRE | Dr. Lardner's | LECTURES.' Above this, at the head of the whole document, Lardner has written the following directions to the printer: '500 bills of the usual size of the small theatre bills'. Beneath the three-line printed heading, Lardner's autograph text for the new lecture begins: 'Third Evening - Wednesday 26th. July 1843 | Part first - are the planets inhabited?' Beneath this, on a thin strip of paper gummed down onto the page, and in smaller print than the three-line heading, are repeated in print the words 'ARE THE PLANETS INHABITED?' There follow the remaining 21 lines of Lardner's autograph text, beginning: 'Analogies of the planets to the Earth - the Diurnal Motion - the Seasons - the Atmospheres - Clouds - Snows - Physical Condition of the Planets Mercury - Venus and Mars'. This is followed by a list of five illustrations, ending with '5 A grand Diorama of the planet Mars from original drawings by Herschel prepared for these lectures shewing the geographical character of the planet, the land & water - Polar Snows -'. The text ends with brief descriptions of the second and third parts, 'The Atmosphere' and 'The oxy-hydrogen Blowpipe'. Lardner spent the years 1841 to 1844 lecturing in America (often to considerable audiences) while fleeing the scandal of his affair with the married Mary Heaviside. Lardner's American lectures are discussed on pp.226-7 of Michael J. Crowe's 'Extraterrestrial Life Debate 1750-1900' (1999). N° de ref. de la librería 11263

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Título: Autograph Manuscript, written out for the ...

Editorial: ; Boston Massachusetts

Año de publicación: 1843

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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