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THE MOON HOAX; OR, A DISCOVERY THAT THE MOON - Locke, Richard Adams - 1859. 
New York: William Gowans, 1859. - vi,63,,12pp. Original printed wrappers (a bit chipped and discolored at edges). Frontis. Early ink name and inscription, some relevant pencil annotations (some erased), historical society stamp on upper wrapper, large chip from lower edge and along lower portion of the joint of the rear wrapper; a good, sound copy. One of the more accessible editions of the famous 19th century fabrication, first published serially in the NEW YORK SUN in August 1835, and then reprinted in two pamphlet formats in 1835 (both of them quite rare). This edition includes a frontispiece of "A View of the Moon, as Seen by Lord Rosse's Telescope 1856." Locke (1800 - 1871) cast his fiction as a reprinting of communications originally published as a supplement to the EDINBURGH JOURNAL OF SCIENCE, purportedly based on correspondence between Sir John Herschel and Dr. Andrew Grant. A portion of the text deals with the technical aspects of the construction of the enhanced telescope that made the observations possible, and the remainder treats the descriptions of the vegetation and animal life that thereby became observable, including winged humanoids exhibiting a level of moderately high civilized development. Locke's fiction convinced a considerable portion of its readership of its veracity and the separate contemporary printings sold out very quickly. In 1852, a close acquaintance of Locke's, William Griggs, published a larger work incorporating the original text, an account of the reception of the hoax, a biographical sketch revealing the identity of the author and additional context, including factual treatment of the known characteristics of the moon. Bleiler, SCIENCE FICTION THE EARLY YEARS, 1349. WRIGHT I:1704a (1835 edition). BLEILER (1978), p. 125 (1835 editions).
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