Cosmopolitan, 1908. 1st Edition. First edition in original wraps of two articles about Mars, one by H. G. Wells and the other by David Todd. As the covers makes clear, the authors were asked to consider the question: “Is Mars Inhabited?”.
Both concluded that Mars is inhabited, and Wells went on to speculate on the flora and fauna on the planet and the machinery used by the inhabitants to fill the Martian canals, etc. His article is nicely illustrated with what he describes, as is Todd’s.
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific English writer who “is best known, however, as a futurist and the “father of science fiction… During his own lifetime, however, he was most prominent as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. A futurist, he wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web” (Wikipedia).
David Peck Todd (1855 –1939) was a noted American astronomer. He produced a complete set of photographs of the 1882 Transit of Venus. The Todd crater on Phobos, a satellite of Mars, is named after him.
Also included in this issue are stories and papers by, among others, Jack London; Ambrose Bierce; Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (often credited as Mrs. Wilson Woodrow); Herman Marcus; Charles Edward Russell; Walter Dodge; Richard Barry; E. Phillips Oppenheim; Bruno Lessing; Alan Dale; Anthony Partridge; James Raymond Perry; Alfred Henry Lewis. Item #1506
CONDITION & DETAILS: 4to. Complete in original wraps.I have a spare copy of the issue in a custom pamphlet case. The issue is clean inside but the cover has a couple of chips missing.