Pierre Boitard's Paris avant les hommes
An Italian translation of 1840:

Viaggio nei Pianeti del Diavolo Zoppo


Geologo ed Astronomo. Racconto fantastico di Boitard
(Voyage to the planet of the Devil Zoppo).
translated from the French by L.M.
Milano. Pirotta E.C.


The physical size of the book is rather small: 5" by 6 3/4."
The "Paris Before Mankind" section is 95 pages. It is divided into the following: First Period, Second Period, Third Period, Fourth Period, Fifth Period, Sixth Period, First Age, Second Age, Third Age, Fourth Age, Fifth Age. The illustration up front is definitely different, though quite similar to 2 illustrations in the French edition - in that Boitard and the lame demon (you can see his crutches quite clearly) are riding the meteor and below are some prehistoric beasts (including a mastodon in the background). There are no other illustrations or tables associated with this story.
Following it on pp. 96 - 337 is "The Voyage to the Solar System", Chapter 1 - An Old Friend; Ch. 2 - The Air; Ch. 3 - The Vehicle; Ch. 4 - On the Sun; Ch. 5 - An Encounter; Ch. 6 - The Planets; Ch. 7 - Venus; Ch. 8 - The Comets; Venus and Jupiter; Ch. 9 - Saturn - Uranus; Ch. 10 - Voyage to the Moon and Return to Earth - With Conclusion and Resolution. On pp. 250 - 251 is a table labeled, "Picture of the elements of the planetary system," with data such as diameter, distance from the sun, mass, inclination, etc. on the known planets, sun and moon.
In the rear on pp. 339 - 342 is the contents, followed by the other two illustrations.


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As you can see, Fig. 1 is labeled "The Earth from Space"; fig 2. "Solipolita" appears to be some personification of the sun. There is an illustration of the sun, then some orbital diagrams. The next page has a figure of the moon.


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According to Marc Angenot's web site on the history of science fiction in France, Boitard's "Etudes astronomiques," was published in Musée des Familles, Vol. VI in 1839 and Etudes antédiluviennesParis avant les hommes, two years after his death, in 1861.

Paul Bauch