Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1869-1870. First Edition. Ground-breaking work of speculative fiction by the Massachusetts author and Unitarian minister. "The Brick Moon" was published serially in three parts (Oct-Dec, 1869), with the conclusion,"Life in the Brick Moon," appearing 2 months later. The story is narrated through a series of journal entries by a scientist, and is the first known work describing an artificial satellite. It describes the construction and launch into orbit of a sphere some 200 feet in diameter, composed of bricks. While the device was intended as a navigational aid, it is accidentally launched with people aboard; they survive, and so, the story also provides the first fictional description of a space station. An incredibly imaginative work, scarce in the original parts, and pre-dating its first book appearance (The Brick Moon and Other Stories) by 30 years. Blelier (1948 ed), p.138. Item #3088
Four octavo issues (25cm); original printed wrappers; [ii],389-516,; [ii],-644,; [iv],-768,; -256,pp. Gentle sunning to spines, wrappers edgeworn and slightly dusty, with occasional faint stains, short tears, and creases to same; Nov. and Dec. 1869 issues with shallow loss to base of spines, and a few short splits to joints; Oct.1869 issue showing 1" loss to spine ends, with a long split along rear joint; contents showing mild thumb-soil to margins, else fresh and relatively free of foxing; Very Good to Very Good+.