ELEVEN POSSIBLE CASES. New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 104 & 106 Fourth Avenue, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-271 [272: blank], original gray wrappers printed in black. First edition. Issued as "Cassell's Sunshine Series," number 75, September 1, 1891, at 50¢. An uncommon original anthology of adventure and criminous fiction by Frank R. Stockton, Joaquin Miller, Maurice Thompson, Edgar Fawcett, Anna Katharine Green and others. At least two of the stories are science fiction: "The End of All" by Andrew C. Wheeler (writing as "Nym Crinkle"), set in the future when life on the Earth is extinguished due to loss of atmosphere, and "A Tragedy of High Explosives" by Brainard Gardner Smith, which involves a super explosive, a derelict ship with headless corpses, a ghost, and a tragic kiss. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in Hubin (1994). Wright (III) 1737. BAL 5657 (Fawcett). BAL 18905 (Stockton). Some chipping to edges of wrappers, some loss to lettering on spine, faint stain to margins of a few leaves early and late, a good or better copy of an elusive book -- rare in this binding. (#138121).
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