FLAMMARION Camille - Autograph Letter Signed 1915 sending his Astronomical Annual
Camille FLAMMARION (1842-1925)Autograph Letter Signed (“Flammarion”) to an unidentified gentleman, replying to a query and telling him he is sending him his Astronomical Annual.
1 page 8vo in French, Paris, 13 March 1915.
Trans: “I waited until my Astronomical Annual for 1915 was published before I replied to your letter so I could have the pleasure of offering it to you. It is being sent to you at the same time as this letter. You will find on the verso of the title page the list of my works. The work which would suit your need best would be Popular Astronomy, as well as the monthly Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of France (see page 381).
Be assured, Sir, of my congratulations for your enlightened scientific tastes . . .”
Flammarion was not only a noted astronomer, but also, very importantly, a great populariser of science and astronomy in particular. He published something of the order of fifty works during his lifetime, many of them suitable for the layman or general enthusiast. His endless curiosity extended to the question of climate and the condition of the earth’s atmosphere, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, as well as, later on, spiritualism.
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