TUCKER, George. ATTERLEY, Joseph, pseud.

A Voyage to the Moon: with some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy, of the people of Morosofia, and other Lunarians.

New York: Elam Bliss, 1827 Stock Code: 110261
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Early American science fiction

First edition of a scarce lunar imaginary voyage, and notably early piece of American science-fiction. A Voyage to the Moon was written by George Tucker, an American lawyer born in Bermuda, appointed by Thomas Jefferson in 1825 as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Virginia.

In A Voyage to the Moon, "the hero and pseudonymous author Joseph Atterley, a native of Long Island, takes a voyage to the Orient in one of his father's ships. The ship founders off the Burmese coast and Atterley is captured and taken inland. While under a sort of house arrest, he meets Gurameer, a Brahmin who has been to the moon. With the help of some natives they construct an air-tight vessel made partly of lunarium (a metal that repels the earth and is attracted to the moon), and after a three-day voyage the two travellers land in the lunar region of Morosofia. The moon, together with its Mongoloid population and its flora and fauna, is a dislocated fragment of the earth. The progress of the two men through the lunar society, and their meeting with the excessively foolish Glonglins, becomes a vehicle for satire, prediction and social comment, many familiar personalitites being represented by anagrams and puns (e.g. Vindar is Darwin; Lozzi Pozzi is Pestalozzi; and Wighurd is William Godwin). The travellers eventually return to earth, landing in South America where the Brahmin travels the Andes to confirm certain theories about the moon's origin and Atterley returns by ship to New York." (Howgego).

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Octavo (190 x 106 mm). Contemporary tree sheep, red morocco label. Housed in a dark blue cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Ownership inscription "J. Beatty Jenning" to the front free endpaper in pencil. Joints cracking and corners lightly worn, intermittent foxing, more severe in places, but a very fine copy in unrestored condition.


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