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, 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. "THE CONSOLIDATOR appeared in three editions in 1705-1706 and spawned numerous pamphlet extracts, responses, imitations and continuations, arguably few of them the work of Defoe himself." - Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel D8. 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. Old signature of "Tho: Hare" on the front free endpaper. Armorial bookplate affixed to front paste-down. The text block shows various degrees of foxing and tanning (signature A is foxed, signature H is tanned and foxed, signature I is tanned, and signature N through signature aa show mild tanning). Rebacked with new calf spine, new sewn linen hinges and headbands, original calf front and rear panels, original endpapers and original spine label preserved. Now a lovely copy of a major eighteenth-century British political satire. (#160303).
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