THE EARTHQUAKE: A ROMANCE OF LONDON IN 1907. London: E. Grant Richards, 1906. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-333  [335: printer's imprint] [336: blank], original pictorial blue-green cloth, front panel stamped in gray, black and red, spine panel stamped in gray, black, red and gold. First edition. Catastrophe novel of London devastated by an earthquake, inspired by events surrounding the San Francisco earthquake of the preceding year. The author was an international correspondent who wrote commercial fiction like this (his first book) on the side. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 32. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 115. Bleiler (1978), p. 102. Reginald 07365. Owner's signature and 1907 date on front paste-down and on title page. Hint of sunning to spine panel, some mild scattered foxing, mostly to fore-edge of text block, a nearly fine, bright copy of an attractive book. (#130665).
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