1892 drawings of mars
1892 drawings of mars

Dessins de Mars Faits en 1892 a l’Observatoire de Juvisy
Camille Flammarion (1842-1925)
La Planète Mars et ses Conditions d’Habitabilité.
Volume I
Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1892

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Volume II
Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1909

Volumes I and II of French astronomer Camille Flammarion’s La Planète Mars collects and summarizes Martian observations and maps made before 1892 and between 1892 and 1909. Flammarion included his own reports as well as those made by astronomers around the world — including one from the Goodsell Observatory at Carleton College.

Flammarion believed that the canals were a interconnected system of waterways and argued that such a sophisticated system was evidence of intelligent life on Mars. The canals are visible in this set of drawings above, made during the opposition of 1892 at the observatory at Juvisy, France, of which Flammarion was the director.