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The lots illustrated and described there fared as follows:

• Jacques AC Charles’ Représentation du globe aérostatique…: £650

• Johannes Kepler’s Somnium, or ‘The Dream’: £22,000

• Restif de la Bretonne’s La decouverte australe par un homme-volant…: £7500

• Francesco Lana Terzi’s Prodomo…: £2200

• English, US and French editions of HG Wells’ The First Men in the Moon: £1400

• Other highlights included a 1752 first of Voltaire’s Le Micromégas, a ‘conte philosophique’ that features the planetary voyages of an inhabitant of the planet Sirius, at £7000.