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HÖRBIGER, Hanns.

Wirbelstürme, Wetterstürze, Hagelkatastrophen und Marskanal-Verdoppelungen.

Eine Auszugsweise Teilerklärung aus dem Einheitlich Ducrhgearbeiten Grundgedanken eines Komischen Neptunismus. Mit 25 in den Text Gedruckten Figuren und einem Geleitsworte von Phil. Fauth.

Kaiserslautern, Hermann Kaysers, 1913 Stock Code: 139363
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Scarce first edition. WorldCat and Library Hub locate no copies in UK institutions and just one in the US (University of Chicago). Ten copies were traced in continental Europe (predominately Germany, but also Denmark, the Netherlands, and France).
The Austrian engineer, inventor, and amateur astrologist Hanns Hörbiger (1860-1931) is best remembered for devising the pseudoscientific Welteislehre ("World Ice") theory. "He supposed ice to be the basic substance of all cosmic processes, most impressively materialized in the moon, the Milky Way, and the ether. Apart from purporting to explain all astronomical, geological, and meteorological phenomena, the Welteislehre was also said to be the foundation of a new 'cosmic cultural history', forming both a scientific and philosophical, poetic, and artistic 'kosmotechnische Weltanschauung' (a cosmotechnical world view) that Hörbiger called an 'astronomy of the invisible'" (Wessely for the Max Planck Institute). In collaboration with fellow amateur astronomer and schoolteacher Philipp Fauth, Hörbiger set out his theory first in Glazial-Kosmogonie (1913) and then in the present work. Though it received little serious interest at the time, the theory became more popular in the wake of the First World War, and was eventually adopted as the Nazi party's official cosmology, favoured as a counterbalance to the perceived Jewish influence on the sciences.

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Description

Large octavo. Original dark grey printed wrappers.

Illustrations

Publisher's advertisement leaf at rear. Diagrams throughout.

Condition

Library stamp of Sven Bolling Uraniabiblioteket Stockholm to half-title. Light sunning and shelfwear, contents crisp and clean. A very good copy.

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