THE CONSOLIDATOR: OR, MEMOIRS OF SUNDRY TRANSACTIONS FROM THE WORLD IN THE MOON. Translated from the Lunar Language, by the Author of The True-born English Man. London: Printed, and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg at the Blue Ball in Ave-mary-lane, 1705. Octavo, pp. [i-iv], 1-360; Collates: [A]2, B-I8, K-U8, X-Z8, Aa4, half title leaf present, eighteenth-century full paneled calf, front and rear panels tooled in blind, new red leather title piece. First edition. "Defoe uses the lunar world to satirize England's political and economic abuses and to anticipate scientific inventions." - Gibson and Patrick, "Utopias and Dystopias, 1500-1750" in Gibson, St. Thomas More: A Preliminary Bibliography (1961) 663. "An early native British interplanetary, basically a political satire, but with the journey carried out in a feathered spacecraft." - Locke, Voyages in Space 008. "Defoe's CONSOLIDATOR, while not the most brilliant, is one of the most interesting English voyages to the moon, because of the complexity of themes the author wove into an elaborate pattern." - Nicolson, Voyages to the Moon, pp. 183-7. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 555. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 314. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 14. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 268. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 17-8. Bleiler (1978), p. 58. Reginald 04009. Signature of Henry Bellingham dated 23 August 1746 on the front free endpaper; later bookplate of early owner Sir William Bellingham, Bart. affixed to the front paste-down and his signature on the first page of text. The signature of "Aldworth" is written twice at the upper edge of the title page and "1773" is written in ink below the printed date 1705. Calf rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, new spine label, a few leaves tanned, but a nice copy overall. (#149545).
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