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The consolidator

or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon.

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This edition published in by Printed, and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg at the Blue Ball in Ave-mary-lane in London.

Written in English

360 pages

By 1705 already an established and tempestuous pamphleteer and journalist, this is a wonderful example of Defoe's direct and inventive style. Acknowledging its debt to prior works by Godwin and Wilkins, The Consolidator uses 'the lunar world to satirize England's political and economic abuses and to anticipate scientific inventions' (Gibson). Although most critics are content to analyse it as a prototype Gulliveriad, it is also a fascinating document in itself. Most of the work is dedicated to lengthy descriptions of the world in the Moon, given veracity through the claim that all of this information has been accrued during the narrator's lengthy sojourn in China, a land which has 'many sorts of Learning which these Parts of the World never heard of'. Defoe's unusual sleight of hand here is to say that in fact, Chinese innovation is due almost exclusively to the writings of Mira-cho-cho-lasmo, an ancient visitor from the moon who instructed them in the 'most exquisite Accomplishments of those Lunar Regions'. According to Gove, after a handful of editions in the first decade of the eighteenth century, this work was not republished except in pamphlet and extract editions until a Tegg version in 1840. Scarce on the market, this is a wonderful work and testament to Defoe's enduring importance to the imaginary voyage.

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The Consolidator: Or Memoirs Of Sundry Transactions From The World In The Moon
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The Consolidator
2004, 1st World Library
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The consolidator
2000, AMS Press
in English - Stoke Newington Daniel Defoe ed.
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A journey to the world in the moon, &c: by the author of the true-born English-man.
1705, Printed at London, and re-printed at Edinburgh by James Watson
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The consolidator: or, Memoirs of sundry transactions from the world in the moon.
1705, B. Bragge
in English - The 2d ed., with the substance of a letter wrote to the author of these sheets while he was in the regions of the moon, concerning the will and disposition of the crown of Ebronia; as also a specimen of very valuable books, lately publish'd in the lunar world.
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A journey to the world in the moon, & c
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The consolidator: or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon.
1705, Printed, and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg at the Blue Ball in Ave-mary-lane
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The Consolidator

or, Memoirs of sundry transactions from the world in the moon.

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By 1705 already an established and tempestuous pamphleteer and journalist, this is a wonderful example of Defoe's direct and inventive style. Acknowledging its debt to prior works by Godwin and Wilkins, The Consolidator uses 'the lunar world to satirize England's political and economic abuses and to anticipate scientific inventions' (Gibson). Although most critics are content to analyse it as a prototype Gulliveriad, it is also a fascinating document in itself. Most of the work is dedicated to lengthy descriptions of the world in the Moon, given veracity through the claim that all of this information has been accrued during the narrator's lengthy sojourn in China, a land which has 'many sorts of Learning which these Parts of the World never heard of'. Defoe's unusual sleight of hand here is to say that in fact, Chinese innovation is due almost exclusively to the writings of Mira-cho-cho-lasmo, an ancient visitor from the moon who instructed them in the 'most exquisite Accomplishments of those Lunar Regions'. According to Gove, after a handful of editions in the first decade of the eighteenth century, this work was not republished except in pamphlet and extract editions until a Tegg version in 1840. Scarce on the market, this is a wonderful work and testament to Defoe's enduring importance to the imaginary voyage.

The consolidator

or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon.

This edition published in by Printed, and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg at the Blue Ball in Ave-mary-lane in London.


Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.
Other Titles
Memoirs of Sundry Transaction from the World in the Moon

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR3404 .C75 1705

The Physical Object

Pagination
[4], 360 p. ;
Number of pages
360

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23290615M
Internet Archive
consolidatororme00defo
LC Control Number
99000038
OCLC/WorldCat
13935752

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