From the Earth to the Moon

by Jules Verne

With illustrations from the original 1865 French edition

From the Earth to the Moon

  1. The Gun Club
  2. President Barbicane's Communication
  3. Effect of the President's Communication
  4. Reply from the Observatory of Cambridge
  5. The Romance of the Moon
  6. Permissive Limits of Ignorance and Belief in the United States
  7. The Hymn of the Cannon-ball
  8. History of the Cannon
  9. The Question of the Powders
  10. One Enemy v. Twenty-five Millions of Friends
  11. Florida and Texas
  12. Urbi et Orbi
  13. Stones Hill
  14. Pickaxe and Trowel
  15. The Fete of the Casting
  16. The Columbiad
  17. A Telegraphic Dispatch
  18. The Passenger of the Atlanta
  19. A Monster Meeting
  20. Attack and Riposte
  21. How a Frenchman Manages an Affair
  22. The New Citizen of the United States
  23. The Projectile-Vehicle
  24. The Telescope of the Rocky Mountains
  25. Final Details
  26. Fire!
  27. Foul Weather
  28. A New Star

Notes on the translation: This pre-1922 (and thus public domain) English edition of Jules Verne's De la Terre à la Lune is not a terribly good translation of Verne's original work; in fact, it reads like it was made by somebody for whom English was not their mother tongue. The central story line comes through, but much of the humour, interplay among characters, amusing dialogue, philosophical subtexts, and the flavour of Verne's writing style is attenuated. If your French is not up to reading the original edition on this server, and you'd like to better understand this work in depth, I recommend the contemporary translation, The Annotated Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon, translated and annotated by Walter James Miller, ISBN 978-0-517-14833-4. Even if you've read De la Terre à la Lune in the original French, you'll still learn a good deal about the 19th century social and literary context of the work from The Annotated Jules Verne edition.

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