(#173052) 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. Daniel Defoe.

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, later quarter leather and marbled boards, black leather title pieces, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. First edition. An early British interplanetary story, basically a long political tract, in which a voyage to the Moon is made in a feathered spacecraft. "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. "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. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V220. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 268. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 17-8. Bleiler (1978), p. 58. Reginald 04009. Gatherings N, Q and R are printed on paper that has tanned, a very good copy with clean interior. The half title leaf is present. (#173052).

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