Fantastic Worlds

Fantastic Worlds

The companion collection to our exhibition Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780-1910. Travel back to a time when new frontiers of science were emerging. We took to the air, charted remote corners of the earth, and harnessed the power of steam and electricity. Writers explored the farther reaches of this new scientific landscape to craft novels, hoaxes, and satires that captured the imagination of readers.

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Cover of "The moon hoax"
The moon hoax
Locke, Richard Adams
1859
Cover of "Aloysii Galvani De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari commentarius"
Aloysii Galvani De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari commentarius
Galvani, Luigi
1791

59. Animal Electricity

Galvani, an anatomist at Bologna, noticed the twitch of dissected frogs' legs when touched in certain ways by his scalpel.  After much careful experimentation he... more

Cover of "L'aventure de Nicolas Corbin /"
L'aventure de Nicolas Corbin
Champagne, Maurice
[between 1890 and 1910]
1910
Cover of "Dickinsons' comprehensive pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851 /"
Dickinsons' comprehensive pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851
Nash, Joseph;Haghe, Louis;Roberts, David;Dickinson Brothers (Firm);Dickinson Brothers (Firm)
1854 [i.e. 1852]
Cover of "Elements of chemical philosophy /"
Elements of chemical philosophy
Davy, Humphry, Sir
1812
Cover of "Northward ho!, or, Baffled, not beaten /"
Northward ho!, or, Baffled, not beaten
Barri, Odoardo;Stannard & Son;Stannard & Son
[1879]
Cover of "The lake regions of Central Africa a picture of exploration /"
The lake regions of Central Africa a picture of exploration
v.1 (1860)
Burton, Richard Francis
1860
Cover of "Erewhon, or, Over the range"
Erewhon, or, Over the range
Butler, Samuel
1872