Mars and Its Canals by Percival Lowell, First Edition, Published December 1906


This rare first edition of Percival Lowell’s second book on the red planet is from the personal library of the late Charles Eugene Banks (1852-1932), dramatic editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the early 1900s.

This book is part of a formidable collection, once owned by Charles Banks, that has been in the careful custody of the same family since the early 1930s. Shortly after Banks passed away, a member of his family offered several books to a family friend who had an interest in them. This handsome copy of an important treatise on the early exploration of Mars contains particular reference to the canals on its surface.

Lowell Percival, the author of Mars and Its Canals, moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1894 where he founded the Lowell Conservatory to study Mars. For the next fifteen years Lowell studied Mars extensively, making intricate drawings of the surface markings as he perceived them. During this period he also formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto fourteen years after his death.

  • This landmark writing on modern astronomy, published in 1906, contains 393 pages, illustrations with original plates and tissue guards.
  • The impressive green hardcover boards display gilt lettering and page edges.
  • An inside blank page bears the signature of Charles Eugene Banks, an American newspaper editor, journalist, author, novelist, poet, playwright, historian, and orator. Born in Iowa, he was the founder, owner and editor of a newspaper in Davenport. While there Banks mentored several young writers knows as the Davenport Group, which later included a screenwriter and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He later moved to Seattle where he worked as an editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  • This is a pre-cherished book, in nice condition. It has a handsome presentation and appeal.The binding is pretty tight and all pages are intact. The edges are in good condition with minor fraying. The corners are slightly worn. The pages are clean and contain no markings with the exception of the careful original owner's signature on an early page. The cover is nice and green. It is in wonderful condition for a 100+ year old book.

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