A Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel, A Smith at Royston in Hertfordshire, For a Course of seventy years. Containing, The melancholy Occasion of his Travels. His Shipwreck with one Companion on a desolate Island. Their way of Life. His accidental discovery of a Woman for his Companion. Their peopling the Island. Also, A Description of a most surprising Engine, invented by his Son Jacob, on which he flew to the Moon, with some Account of its Inhabitants. His return, and accidental Fall into the Habitation of a Sea Monster, with whom he lived two Years. His further Excursions in Search of England. His Residence in Lapland, and Travels to Norway, from whence he arrived at Aldborough, and further Transactions till his death, in 1711. Aged 97. Illustrated with several Copper Plates, Engraved by Mr. BOITARD. Taken from his own Mouth, By Mr. RALPH MORRIS

TitleA Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel, A Smith at Royston in Hertfordshire, For a Course of seventy years. Containing, The melancholy Occasion of his Travels. His Shipwreck with one Companion on a desolate Island. Their way of Life. His accidental discovery of a Woman for his Companion. Their peopling the Island. Also, A Description of a most surprising Engine, invented by his Son Jacob, on which he flew to the Moon, with some Account of its Inhabitants. His return, and accidental Fall into the Habitation of a Sea Monster, with whom he lived two Years. His further Excursions in Search of England. His Residence in Lapland, and Travels to Norway, from whence he arrived at Aldborough, and further Transactions till his death, in 1711. Aged 97. Illustrated with several Copper Plates, Engraved by Mr. BOITARD. Taken from his own Mouth, By Mr. RALPH MORRIS
Year for Search1751
AuthorsMorris, Ralph
Date Published1751
PublisherPtd. for M. Cooper
Place PublishedLondon
Annotation

The novel begins with a Robinsonade in which a man and a woman are shipwrecked, marry, have children, who they marry to each other and settle on various parts of the island. They live there forty years before a son invents a flying machine which takes him and his father to the moon. No real detail on the moon. On returning to the earth, they meet a small group of monsters (part human and part sea creature) before returning to civilization. They do not revisit the island.

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Rpt. New York: Arno Press, 1974. Excerpt rpt. in The Man in the Moone and Other Lunar Fantasies. Ed. Faith K. Pizor and T. Allan Comp (New York: Praeger, 1971), 126-45.

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1751 Morris, Ralph. A Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel, A Smith at Royston in Hertfordshire, For a Course of seventy years. Containing, The melancholy Occasion of his Travels. His Shipwreck with one Companion on a desolate Island. Their way of Life. His accidental discovery of a Woman for his Companion. Their peopling the Island. Also, A Description of a most surprising Engine, invented by his Son Jacob, on which he flew to the Moon, with some Account of its Inhabitants. His return, and accidental Fall into the Habitation of a Sea Monster, with whom he lived two Years. His further Excursions in Search of England. His Residence in Lapland, and Travels to Norway, from whence he arrived at Aldborough, and further Transactions till his death, in 1711. Aged 97. Illustrated with several Copper Plates, Engraved by Mr. BOITARD. Taken from his own Mouth, By Mr. RALPH MORRIS. London: Ptd. for M. Cooper. Rpt. New York: Arno Press, 1974. Excerpt rpt. in The Man in the Moone and Other Lunar Fantasies. Ed. Faith K. Pizor and T. Allan Comp (New York: Praeger, 1971), 126-45. L

The novel begins with a Robinsonade in which a man and a woman are shipwrecked, marry, have children, who they marry to each other and settle on various parts of the island. They live there forty years before a son invents a flying machine which takes him and his father to the moon. No real detail on the moon. On returning to the earth, they meet a small group of monsters (part human and part sea creature) before returning to civilization. They do not revisit the island.