The sensational discovery of people living on the moon, was first published on August 25, 1835 in the New York Sun newspaper. Of course however the story was a hoax. Known to history as ‘The Great Moon Hoax’, six articles were published from August 25th claiming that the famed 19th century astronomer Sir John Herschel (7 March 1792 – 11 May 1871) had made a startling discovery with "an immense telescope of an entirely new principle." Using this telescope Herschel had observed a fantastic array of life on the moon including unicorns, beavers that walked on two legs, and bat like winged humanoids that had been named "Vespertilio-homo". The hoax was created by Richard Adams Locke (1800-1871) whilst working for the Sun newspaper in order to increase circulation. Another hoax in 1844 that described the crossing of the Atlantic by balloon in three days was written by Edgar Allen Poe, while Richard Adams Locke was working as the editor of the paper.
Men on the Moon! The ‘Great Moon Hoax’. 1835
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced. Size 8.5" x 11". Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet.