(#104190) THE GREAT WAR SYNDICATE. Frank Stockton.

THE GREAT WAR SYNDICATE. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. and New York..., 1889. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-160, original pictorial gray wrappers printed in red. First edition. Formerly Thomas A. Janvier's copy with his signature and "Paris, June 21, 1890" written in his hand at top of title page. Janvier (1849-1913) was a close friend of Stockton and fellow writer of fantastic fiction, including the classic THE AZTEC TREASURE HOUSE. According to BAL, the first edition was published in London by Longmans, Green and Co. in January 1889 in three formats: boards, cloth-backed boards, and paper wrappers. The first U.S. edition was published by P. F. Collier in March 1889. The Collier edition was issued only in a paper binding. An important early American contribution to the future war motif. A syndicate of American businessmen directs a war against Great Britain. Use of advanced weapons, including a "motor bomb" (a sort of jet-propelled shell with tremendous explosive force), compels the British to sue for peace. An Anglo-American alliance is formed to outlaw all war. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-143; (1981) 1-155; (1987) 1-88; (1995) 1-88; and (2004) II-1089. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2104. Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 262-65. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 728. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 15. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 207 (describing the UK edition). Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, pp. 187-88. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 83. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 39. Bleiler (1978), p. 187. Reginald 13715. BAL 18894. Wright (III) 5239. This copy was professionally bound (with the original wrappers preserved) in quarter black cloth and marbled boards by U. Holzer of Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1942 or earlier. A fine copy with interesting associational value. (#104190).

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