THE STORY OF AB: A TALE OF THE TIME OF THE CAVE MAN. Chicago: Published by Way & Williams, 1897. Octavo, pp. [1-16] 1-351 [352: colophon] [note: first two leaves are blanks preceding half title leaf; blank leaf following half title leaf is a cancel with frontispiece mounted on the stub], inserted frontispiece (map), title page printed in black and red, original pictorial black cloth, front, rear and spine panels stamped in red and yellow, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition, first printing. The prototype for later prehistoric romances, this novel influenced such later works as Jack London's BEFORE ADAM (1907). Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-160; (1981) 1-70; (1987) 1-97; and (1995) 1-97. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 47. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 790. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 223. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 70. Bleiler (1978), p. 203. Reginald 14904. Wright (III) 5819. 12 mm closed tear and some fraying to cloth at upper spine end, a bright, tight, very good copy. The first printing of this book is uncommon and is rarely found in nice condition. The copy is considerably better than most. Binding design is by Will Bradley. (#109624).
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