THE BLINDMAN'S WORLD AND OTHER STORIES ... With a Prefatory Sketch by W. D. Howells. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1898. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi-xiii [xiv-xvi]  2-415 [416: printer's imprint], fly leaves at front and rear, original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., fore and bottom edges rough-trimmed. First edition. Mixed collection of short stories including science fiction and fantasy. Includes the classic title story written in 1885, wherein "an astronomer's 'dream soul' is transported to Mars and communicates with its advanced human inhabitants" (Locke), and "To Whom This May Come." Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 124. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 165. Clareson, Science Fiction in America 1870s-1930s 056. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 16. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 30. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 203. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 114. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 71. Bleiler (1978), p. 19. BAL 968. Wright (III) 456. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. A couple of minor insect tracks to spine panel, else a fine, bright copy. Scarce thus. (#138489).
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