Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Riding the Moon Bats to Saturn

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on December 15, 2008

A marvelous volume from a genre of speculative lunar travel around the turn
of the 20th century:

Ville D’Avray, A. de. Voyage dans la lune avant 1900. Paris: Librairie Furne, Jouvet & Cie, 1892.

Starring M. Baboulifiche and his manservant, Papavoine:

They encounter lizards hiding in mussel shells:

A moon cyclops who steals their umbrella:

But then they take a ride on moon bats to Saturn:

where they encounter much more friendly natives:

Before, well . . . being eaten alive by lizards, but that image is a bit too ghastly to post.

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  1. Patrick said, on November 27, 2009 at 1:18 am

    this makes the actual moon landing seem way less cool. There’s just no competing with moon bats!

  2. Victoria Keddie said, on December 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Clifford said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Incredible. Thank you for posting this!

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