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Issue Details: First known date: 1977... vol. 5 no. 19 April 1977 of La Trobe Library Journal est. 1968 La Trobe Library Journal
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* Contents derived from the 1977 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Mundus Alter Et Idem: A Satirical Utopia in The La Trobe Library, Ian Laurenson , single work prose
"Petherick has significantly linked More's Utopia with that early anticipation of science fiction, Bacon's New Atlantis, and with a decidedly upside-down utopia by Joseph Hall, Mundus Alter et Idem. (The Latin title implies an imaginary and exotic world that appears very different, yet remains in certain fundamental ways the same as European societies.) Since Hall's anti-utopia is firmly set in 'Terra Australis incognita', and since most copies of the work carry an elaborate apparatus of five engraved maps of a highly imaginary version of the Southern Continent, Mundus Alter et Idem continues to be ranked among the more desirable rariora within the larger field of Australiana. These Australian associations, together with the obvious anticipation of Gulliver's Travels, must be allowed as the principal reasons for the presence of so many copies of Mundus Alter et Idem in libraries and in private collections throughout Australia...In Gabriel de Foigny's La Terre Australe Connue the word "Australiens" is first used as describing the inhabitants of this southern continent. " (p.45, 47)
(p. 45-52)
Letter From Ebenezer Syme to John Pascoe Fawkner Concerning The 'Diggers' Advocate, Ebenezer Syme , single work correspondence (p. 63)
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