Place and Imprint: London: Printed and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg, 1705.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T66299; Moore 93; Rothschild 737; Grove, The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction, pages 204-207.
Condition: Skillfully rebacked with the original spine retained; some light foxing; small burn hole, slightly affecting one word of text; very good copy.
Book ID: 28801
Physical Description8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, spine in five compartments with floral gilt decorations and black leather spine label, gilt lettering. With half-title.
CommentsAn imaginary voyage to the moon that sets the stage for an examination of a complex web of contemporary themes. One of Defoe’s primary devices is imaginary libraries, books, and authors, particularly of China and the Moon, and he supplies a list of books found in Lunar libraries, with familiar sounding titles, e.g.: Jack a Both Sides, or a Dialogue between Pasquin and Marforio; Lewis the Invincible, by Monsieur Boileau; A Discourse on Poisons . . . With Lunar Notes Upon It; etc. A Tale of a Tub, published the year before, is believed to be a source for The Consolidator, and in turn The Consolidator was used as a source for Gulliver’s Travels 21 years later. Rolle armorial bookplate on the front paste-down.