THE ISLAND OF CAPTAIN SPARROW. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-12] 1-296 [297] [298-300: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in yellow, top edge stained yellow. First U.S. edition. The story of a man cast away on an island whose inhabitants include the last survivors of an antediluvian civilization, a race of non-sentient satyrs, and the descendants of a pirate crew. THE ISLAND OF CAPTAIN SPARROW (1928) deliberately recalls H. G. Wells's THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU (1896) in its image of an island inhabited by satyr-like beast-men who are prey to the corrupt descendants of castaway pirates. It also features a feral girl, the first of several similar figures used by Wright to celebrate the state of Nature in opposition to the brutality of 'civilized' men." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1350. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-127; (1987) 2-141; and (1995) 2-151. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 172-73. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2438. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 831. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 235. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 187-88. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 213. Reginald 15661. Slight spine lean, top edge of text block dusty, a bright, nearly fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket with wear at edges, shallow chipping and fraying at spine ends, darkened spine panel, and small stain on rear panel. The rare wraparound band with quotes from reviews by Arnold Bennett and E. C. Bentley is present. (#104434).

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