One Hundred Years of Science Fiction Illustration, 1840-1940.
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Cloth, 4to, 31 cm, 128 pp, ills (some colour). From the blurb: "The fusion of fantasy and prediction with science in the last one hundred years gave birth to a unique literary genre with an unparalleled and still growing popularity Science Fiction. While much has been written on the history and development of the SF story, nothing has yet been published exploring that essential accompaniment the illustration. . This neglect has now been rectified with Anthony Frewin's One Hundred Years of Science Fiction Illustration, the first comprehensive collection to document fully the rich and rewarding subject of 'futurate art'. Beginning with the work of Isidore Grandville. an engraver whose disturbing yet humorous detailing of other worlds is the culmination of pre-technological 19th Century fantasy and reverie, we move onto Albert Robida and his frighteningly accurate portrayals of chemical warfare, mass destruction, revolution, aerial locomotion, television, and underground 'tube' trains. Portrayals which executed in the 1880s and based as they were on a reasoned extrapolation of the then contemporary science, characterize Robida as the first SF artist of real merit. The work of other Victorians, and Edwardians, is also included: not only illustrations which graced the scientific romances by such illustrious forbears of SF as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells but also those by many lesser known artists which are here rescued from obscurity and reprinted for the first time. While much of the writing from this period would strike us as naïve and with little relevance the illustrations have an impressive vigour and independence of their own." Good in used and torn dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-39971
Titel: One Hundred Years of Science Fiction ...
Verlag: Bloomsbury Books, London, later edition, 1988
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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