THE DAY OF THE BROWN HORDE. New York: Payson & Clarke Ltd, 1929. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-309 [310: colophon] [311-312: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original tan cloth, spine panel stamped in black, top edge stained black. First edition. The author's first book. A novel about human evolution and the survival of the fittest by an admirer of Jack London featuring cavemen who sacrifice babies to plesiosaurs and hunt bison in the valley that now forms the Gulf of California. Tooker "is best remembered for THE DAY OF THE BROWN HORDE (1929) ... which deals, like most of the prehistoric-sf subgenre, with the onset of human consciousness." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1234. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 47. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 751. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 213. Bleiler (1978), p. 194. Reginald 14181. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 2427. Slight spine lean, else a fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with light shelf wear at edges, some dust soiling, mainly to spine and rear panels, and a thin line of insect tracking near bottom edge of front panel. (#136285).
"First Printing, October, 1929" on copyright page.