ADVENTURES IN THE MOON, AND OTHER WORLDS. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1836. 12mo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-447 [448: printer's imprint], original green vertically ribbed cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. A collection of satirical essays, dialogues and fiction, including a short novel, "A Journey to the Moon" (pages 3-148). "The story opens as a parody of previous lunar journeys with all the usual trappings, the author declining to provide details of his flight other than he landed in a grassy plain across which he and his fellow travelers could bounce 'like balls of India rubber.' Setting out alone, he encounters the spirits of dead Earthmen and discovers a world which is the receptacle for everything ever lost from the Earth, including dreams of youth, words once spoken, and various passions and traits ... The book as a whole received mixed reviews in the press, one calling it 'one of the most felicitous pieces of philosophical humor in our language' while another commented that 'the dose [of ridicule and satire] is too large' for one volume and would have been better suited to 'papers for a magazine.'" - Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel R30. This work has been attributed to Lord John Russell, but no documentary evidence appears to exist to positively identify Russell as the author. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 17. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V8. Bleiler (1978), p. 172. Reginald 12568. Some patchy staining to front cover, at some time professionally re-cased, a tight, clean, very good copy. Very scarce in the original cloth. (#147335).
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