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The Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel (1770)

One of my very favorite imaginary voyage tales is: 

THE
L  I  F  E
A N D
ASTONISHING ADVENTURES
O F
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 Eagle, 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 farther Transactions till his Death, in 1711. Aged 97.

…which manages to take a series of fairly familiar plots elements in some directions that are peculiar even for the genre. I’m overdue to bind a second Corvus Edition of this, but the pdf is available online.

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