"I WAS MUCH SURPRISED TO HEAR FOWLS SPEAK, AS THEY WERE TO SEE SUCH A MONSTER AS I APPEARED TO BE": RARE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST PROTO-SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS: A VOYAGE TO CACKLOGALLINIA
A Voyage to Cacklogallinia: with a Description of the Religion, Policy, Customs and Manners of that Country.
Item Number: 36011
London: J. Watson, 1727.
First edition of this early 18th century satire published in imitation of Johnathan Swift’s masterpiece Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, or, Gulliver’s Travels. Octavo, bound in full brown morocco by Charles Thurman, Binder. Raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, embossed front and rear panels, engraved frontispiece. From the library of NASA scientist and science fiction expert Frederick I. Ordway III, best known for his contribution to the development of close personal friend, Stanley Kubrick’s, epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rare.
Published in 1726 under the pseudonym Lemuel Gulliver, Irish clergyman Jonathan Swift's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of satire ever written and a forerunner of the modern novel. Imitating the style and content of the 'traveler's tale' literary genre popular at the time, Gulliver's Travels gained popularity as soon as it was published and provided a sharp critique of human nature and modern society. Published only a year later in direct imitation of Gulliver's Travels, A Voyage to Cacklogallinia's true author is unknown, yet likely had a background in the sciences as is evident throughout the text. A Voyage to Cacklogallinia is one of the earliest novels to describe a voyage to the moon, a journey taken by the protagonist with the aid of the inhabitants of Cacklogallinia, six-foot intelligent chickens. Published in England during the age of both celestial and global discovery and exploration, the novel is one of the earliest examples of proto-science fiction. The book's previous owner, Aerospace scientist and author Frederick I. Ordway III was known for large collection of astronautical-themed original paintings and science fiction novels of which this was one of the earliest examples.