THE FALLEN RACE ... With an Introduction by Opie Read. New York and Chicago: F. T. Neely, Publisher, . Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-352, five inserted plates with illustrations by Edward Mason, original decorated red cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in olive-green. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Granville dated June 1893, to "my friend" Col. Nate A. Reed, Jr., on the verso of the front free endpaper. Formerly owned by Thyril Ladd of Albany, New York, one of the "seven fantasy enthusiasts whose collections form the major portion of [Bleiler's first Checklist]," with 1946 quote and invoice to Ladd from a used bookstore in Cincinnati. "A doctor-scientist and his faithful bushman companion discover a new race in an Australian desert – a cross between a lost tribe of bushmen and some pugnacious kangaroos! These four-foot balls are ruled by a white woman who had been stranded among them as a child. Like Twain's Hank Morgan, the doctor revolutionizes the native culture with mechanical wonders. The final result is a technologically sophisticated land where governments, judges, lawyers, and police are unnecessary because of the new morality inspired by the doctor's explosives and ideals." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 193. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 909. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 349. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 94. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, pp. 51-2. Bleiler (1978), p. 85. Reginald 06243. Wright (III) 2243. Not in Lewis, Negley or Sargent. Spine lean, light wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a tight, very good copy A superior copy of a scarce book rarely found in nice condition. (#130725).
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