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Title: A Voyage to the Moon
Author: George Tucker
Release Date: November 7, 2003 [EBook #10005]
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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.
Atterley's birth and education—He makes a voyage—
Founders off the Burman coast—Adventures in
that Empire—Meets with a learned Brahmin from
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.
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.
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
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.
Some account of Morosofia, and its chief city, Alamatua —Singular dresses of the Lunar ladies—Religious self-denial—Glonglim miser and spendthrift.
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.
A celebrated physician: his ingenious theories in physics: his mechanical inventions—The feather-hunting Glonglim.
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.
The travellers visit a gentleman farmer, who is a great projector: his breed of cattle: his apparatus for cooking—He is taken dangerously ill.
Lunarian physicians: their consultation—While they dispute the patient recovers—The travellers visit the celebrated teacher Lozzi Pozzi.
Election of the Numnoonce, or town-constable—
Violence of parties—Singular institution of the Syringe
Boys—The prize-fighters—Domestic manufactures.
Description of the Happy Valley—The laws, customs, and manners of the Okalbians—Theory of population —Rent—System of government.
Further account of Okalbia—The Field of Roses—
Curious superstition concerning that flower—The
pleasures of smell traced to association, by a
Atterley goes to the great monthly fair—Its various exhibitions; difficulties—Preparations to leave the Moon—Curiosities procured by Atterley—Regress to the Earth.
The Brahmin gives Atterley a history of his life.
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. But how these fond, these justifiable hopes have been answered, the following narrative will show.
On my return to this my native State, as soon as it was noised abroad that I had met with extraordinary adventures, and made a most wonderful voyage, crowds of people pressed eagerly to see me. I at first met their inquiries with a cautious silence, which, however, but sharpened their curiosity. At length I was visited by a near relation, with whom I felt less disposed to reserve. With friendly solicitude he inquired "how much I had made by my voyage;" and when he was informed that, although I had added to my knowledge, I had not improved my fortune, he stared at me a while, and remarking that he had business at the Bank, as well as an appointment on 'Change, suddenly took his leave. After this, I was not much interrupted by the tribe of inquisitive idlers, but was visited principally by a few men of science, who wished to learn what I could add to their knowledge of nature. To this class I was more communicative; and when I severally informed them that I had actually been to the Moon, some of them shrugged their shoulders, others laughed in my face, and some were angry at my supposed attempt to deceive them; but all, with a single