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 adventures of Baron Munchausen /"
The adventures of Baron Munchausen
Doré, Gustave
[1867?]
Cover of "The log of the 'Flying Fish'"
The log of the 'Flying Fish'
Collingwood, Harry
1887
Cover of "The lake regions of Central Africa a picture of exploration /"
The lake regions of Central Africa a picture of exploration
v.2 (1860)
Burton, Richard Francis
1860
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 "Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H. M. S. Challenger during the the years 1873-76 under the command of Captain George S."
Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H. M. S. Challenger during the the years 1873-76 under the command of Captain George S....
v.32=pt.82 (1889)
Thomson, C. Wyville;Murray, John, Sir;Nares, George S.;Thomson, Frank Tourle;Great Britain. Challenger Office;Great Britain. Challenger Office
1880-1895
1895
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...

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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 "The moon hoax"
The moon hoax
Locke, Richard Adams
1859
Cover of "The North Pole galop /"
The North Pole galop
De Quincey, Horace
[ca. 1880]
Cover of "The palace and park : its natural history, and its portrait gallery, together with a description of the Pompeian Court."
The palace and park : its natural history, and its portrait gallery, together with a description of the Pompeian Court.
Phillips, Samuel;Forbes, Edward;Scharf, George, Sir;Owen, Richard;Latham, R. G.
1859
Cover of "Practical remarks on aerial navigation /"
Practical remarks on aerial navigation
Cayley, George, Sir
1837
Cover of Kunstformen der Natur
Kunstformen der Natur
Haeckel, Ernst;Bibliographisches Institut (Leipzig, Germany);Bibliographisches Institut (Leipzig, Germany)
1899-1904
1904