THE HISTORY OF A VOYAGE TO THE MOON, WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE ADVENTURERS' SUBSEQUENT DISCOVERIES. AN EXHUMED NARRATIVE, SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN EJECTED FROM A LUNAR VOLCANO. London: Lockwood & Co., 1864. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-204, inserted lithographed frontispiece, original decorated green pebbled cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, cream coated endpapers. First edition. "An interplanetary fantasy whose protagonists employ a force of 'repulsion' to convey an 'island earth' to the Moon. They discover a communistic utopian society of miniature humans, who are unwitting reincarnations of souls who have previously lived on Earth (the latter notion had yet to be featured in Flammarion's LUMEN, although it had been broached in previous lunar romances and cosmic voyages). A fascinating philosophical romance, intermediate between satirical lunar voyages and scientific romances, which carries forward the kind of bridging work begun by Atterley's VOYAGE TO THE MOON (1827)." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1141. "Certainly the most significant SF novel between Shelley and the 1870s, it influenced both Verne and Wells." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, pp. 12-13. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-1; (1981) 1-3; and (2004) II-1141. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel T20. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 5. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V38. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 56. Bleiler (1978), p. 6. Reginald 07237. Originally a Victorian lending library copy acquired 11 March 1865 by the Hull Subscription Library (aka Hull Royal Institution), with their label affixed to the front paste-down and acquisition number written on the spine panel. It was acquired later by Brigham Young University who added their ownership marks, and still later, 18 October 1999, it was deaccessioned by them. Skillfully rebacked with original spine laid down, shallow loss along the fore-edge of the fly title neatly mended, a very good copy. A major genre rarity, seldom found in nice condition. (#154532).
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