DASHED AGAINST THE ROCK: A ROMANCE OF THE COMING AGE. Colville, J.

DASHED AGAINST THE ROCK: A ROMANCE OF THE COMING AGE. Boston: Colby & Rich, Publishers, 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-310 [311-312: ads] [313-314: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], diagrams in text, original red cloth, front and rear panels ruled in blind, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold. First edition. One of at least two printings, sequence not determined. This copy has no dedication leaf following title leaf and sheets bulk 1.5 cm. A melange of metaphysical and scientific theories within the framework of a novel with a future setting where a scientist seeks to harness the "one supreme force" –- atomic power. A vision of Mars and its inhabitants is briefly described. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 46. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 57. Locke, Voyages in Space 53. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 101-02. Bleiler (1978), p. 47. Reginald 03231. Wright (III) 1155 (however, the author is British). Early owner's name and 23 March 1894 date on front free endpaper. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, 25 mm split in cloth along upper front joint with partial narrow loss to upper spine, some soiling and damp spotting to spine panel, but a very good copy overall. (#130701).

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