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. H. Cowen.
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.
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.
(Science Fiction)

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. (4), 204pp. First edition. Inscription on recto of frontispiece identifies author: “Geo. Evans presented to him by the Author H. Cowen the 20 Sept. 1866.” In standard references and OCLC previous to this copy’s discovery, the book was recorded as anonymous or according to the names of its pseudonymous authors (Stephen Howard and Carl Geister) or editor (Chrysostom Trueman). Cowen presented the tale in two parts, “The Voyage” and “The Ideal Life.” The former follows the protagonists as they learn how to create a new gravity-resistant power source and travel to the moon. In the latter, they discover a utopian society inhabited by “amnesiac reincarnations of select Earthmen,” miniature in stature and communitarian in ethos. The narrative is as much a philosophical exercise as a scientific one. Thus, while not as ambitious in scope or innovative in detail as other proto-science fiction texts, its grasp of larger ethical and societal issues has made it highly influential. Shortly after its first publication, The History of the Voyage to the Moon appeared in France as Voyage a la Lune, making its influence on Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon highly plausible. Bound in pebble-grain green cloth with blind-stamped ornamentation to covers and gilt-lettering to spine. Slightly shaken, spine and corners bumped, edges of text block show minor soiling. Housed in box with green morocco exterior and gilt stamping. A fine copy of a genre rarity. Item #27727

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