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A Voyage to the Moon   By: (1775-1861)

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A VOYAGE TO THE MOON: WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS, SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY, OF THE PEOPLE OF MOROSOFIA, AND OTHER LUNARIANS.

BY GEORGE TUCKER (JOSEPH ATTERLEY)

"It is the very error of the moon, She comes more near the earth than she was wont, And makes men mad." Othello .

1827

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Atterley's birth and education He makes a voyage Founders off the Burman coast Adventures in that Empire Meets with a learned Brahmin from Benares.

CHAPTER II.

The Brahmin's illness He reveals an important secret to Atterley Curious information concerning the Moon The Glonglims They plan a voyage to the Moon.

CHAPTER III.

The Brahmin and Atterley prepare for their voyage Description of their travelling machine Incidents of the voyage The appearance of the earth; Africa; Greece The Brahmin's speculations on the different races of men National character.

CHAPTER IV.

Continuation of the voyage View of Europe; Atlantic Ocean; America Speculations on the future destiny of the United States Moral reflections Pacific Ocean Hypothesis on the origin of the Moon.

CHAPTER V.

The voyage continued Second view of Asia The Brahmin's speculations concerning India Increase of the Moon's attraction Appearance of the Moon They land on the Moon.

CHAPTER VI.

Some account of Morosofia, and its chief city, Alamatua Singular dresses of the Lunar ladies Religious self denial Glonglim miser and spendthrift.

CHAPTER VII.

Physical peculiarities of the Moon Celestial phenomena Farther description of the Lunarians National prejudice Lightness of bodies The Brahmin carries Atterley to sup with a philosopher His character and opinions.

CHAPTER VIII.

A celebrated physician: his ingenious theories in physics: his mechanical inventions The feather hunting Glonglim.

CHAPTER IX.

The fortune telling philosopher, who inspected the finger nails: his visiters Another philosopher, who judged of the character by the hair The fortune teller duped Predatory warfare.

CHAPTER X.

The travellers visit a gentleman farmer, who is a great projector: his breed of cattle: his apparatus for cooking He is taken dangerously ill.

CHAPTER XI.

Lunarian physicians: their consultation While they dispute the patient recovers The travellers visit the celebrated teacher Lozzi Pozzi.

CHAPTER XII.

Election of the Numnoonce, or town constable Violence of parties Singular institution of the Syringe Boys The prize fighters Domestic manufactures.

CHAPTER XIII.

Description of the Happy Valley The laws, customs, and manners of the Okalbians Theory of population Rent System of government.

CHAPTER XIV.

Further account of Okalbia The Field of Roses Curious superstition concerning that flower The pleasures of smell traced to association, by a Glonglim philosopher.

CHAPTER XV.

Atterley goes to the great monthly fair Its various exhibitions; difficulties Preparations to leave the Moon Curiosities procured by Atterley Regress to the Earth.

CHAPTER XVI.

The Brahmin gives Atterley a history of his life.

CHAPTER XVII.

The Brahmin's story continued The voyage concluded Atterley and the Brahmin separate Atterley arrives in New York.

Appendix: Anonymous Review of A Voyage to the Moon, reprinted from The American Quarterly Review No. 5 (March 1828)

APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC.

Having, by a train of fortunate circumstances, accomplished a voyage, of which the history of mankind affords no example; having, moreover, exerted every faculty of body and mind, to make my adventures useful to my countrymen, and even to mankind, by imparting to them the acquisition of secrets in physics and morals, of which they had not formed the faintest conception, I flattered myself that both in the character of traveller and public benefactor, I had earned for myself an immortal name... Continue reading book >>




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