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Westrenen
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3997 MS 't Goy-Houten
Utrecht
The Netherlands
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Westrenen
Tuurdijk 16
3997 MS 't Goy-Houten
Utrecht
The Netherlands
Contact Laurens R. Hesselink
Telephone +31 (0)30 601 1955
Fax +31 (0)30 601 1813
Specialists Maps, Travel & Exploration, Art & Architecture, Autographs, Illustrated Manuscripts, Colour Plate Books, Natural History, Middle East, Emblem Books, Gastronomy, Medicine, Science
Antiquariaat Forum BV
Stand K09

Rare early Dutch science fiction novel set in London in the year 2065

DIOSCORIDES [=Pieter HARTING].

Anno 2065. Een blik in de toekomst, door Dr. Dioscorides. Tweede druk.,

Utrecht, J. Greven (back of title-page: printed by P.W. van de Weijer), 1865. 8vo. Modern black calf (faux morocco), gold-tooled red title-label.

Very rare second edition, published in the same year as the first, of an early Dutch science fiction novel, written by Pieter Harting (1812-1885), a Dutch biologist and early supporter of Charles Darwin's theories. While marvelling at the technological advances of the 19th-century, the main character suddenly finds himself in the year 2065, on a city square in "Londinia", the future London. There he meets a reincarnation of the 13th-century Roger Bacon, who guides him along a selection of several interesting scientific advancements.
It was "the very first [literary] work to be translated [into Japanese] in the Meiji Era" (Lindberg-Wada), appearing in its first year 1868. The translation into Japanese was done by the literary historian Kondo Yoshiki. The original edition was translated into English in 1871 as Anno domini 2071.

79, [1 blank] pp.

Bibliography
NCC (6 copies of this ed. & 6 copies of the first); cf. G. Lindberg-Wada (ed.), Literary history: towards a global perspective I, p. 104.

Condition
With on pastedown the small bookplate of the Dutch man of letters Gerrit Komrij (1944-2012), best known for his literary criticism, polemics, and canon-reforming poetry anthologies, and a small note about the author on title-page in pencil. Very slightly browned, some minor spots and the outer margins of the title-page slightly soiled, otherwise in good condition and wholly untrimmed.
£1,700