An interesting early interplanetary voyage.
Someone recently brought an 1847 pamphlet to my attention:ORRIN LINDSAY'S
WITH A NARRATIVE OF HIS EXPLORATIONS IN THE
HIGHER REGIONS OF THE ATMOSPHERE,
AND HIS WONDERFUL
VOYAGE ROUND THE MOON!
Edited by J. L. RIDDELL, M.D.
Which is basically a "serious scientific paper" about experiments with something that sounds a lot like Cavorite, which pre-dates Wells by 54 years.
I've put it on line here.http://www.forgottenfutures.co.uk/lindsay/moon.htm