Author:James Blish
Title:Doctor Mirabilis
Publisher:  Faber And Faber
Genre:Fiction, History, Science Fiction
Total Editions:3
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14th Sep 2020
faber & faber (though there was only ever the one) h/cvr first printing and first edition

cover (d-j) art (?°) (trigonometric(? -ish) diagram which may've been credited on d-j flap)
cover (d-j) price 25/-
288pp?° including titles, indicia etc, end p., bound with endpapers between covered boards
(° ex-london borough of barnet libraries copy, re-bound by or for them when original binding gave way, before being sold off for pence in 1978-9; hence the uncertainty.)

''after such knowledge'' thematic trilogy #1:
a historical novel of the life of roger bacon; and simultaneously
an sf novel of the birth of scientific enquiry in western europe.

part one of james blish's major thematic trilogy examining the proposition that it is in fact human beings' driving scientific inquisitiveness that is the root of all evil - rather than that for money, or for power.

james blish: sf editor, critic (much as by ''william atheling, jr.'') and author best known for his sf adventure tetralogy, ''cities in flight'' (q.v.);
but ''after such knowledge'' (q.v.) is, i think, the better work, being more deeply thought through, over-all.
he also wrote a series on ''pantropy'', the alternative to terraforming for the human colonisation of space, which includes the novelettes, ''sunken universe'', ''surface tension'', ''the thing in the attic'', the short story, ''watershed'', and the novelette, ''a time to survive''; these collected as ''the seedling stars'' (1957), q.v. (possibly slightly up-fixed).

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15th Sep 2020
 first panther / granada uk p/b printing, iirc first p/b edition

cover art (almost none, small photographic image of skull; largely typographical cover)
cover price 75p
320pp. including titles, indicia etc, end pp. advertising
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James Blish - Doctor Mirabilis - Panther / Granada - Paperback - UK - 0586043446 (1976)

James Blish - Doctor Mirabilis - Avon - Paperback - USA - 0380603357 (1982)

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