THROUGH THE EARTH. New York: The Century Co., 1898. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-x [xi-xii] 1-238, fifteen inserted plates with illustrations by William A. MacKay, original tan pictorial cloth, stamped in orange and black. First edition. Science fiction novel of the construction of a tunnel through the earth to connect New York City and Australia and the adventures of the plucky Horatio Alger-type lad who volunteers to test it. The story first appeared as a four-part serial in ST. NICHOLAS, January-April 1898 with seventeen imaginative illustrations by MacKay. This Century text is expanded. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 713. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 296. Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 227-29. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 83. Bleiler (1978), p. 72. Reginald 05387. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. Light age-darkening to spine panel (less than is usually the case with this book), else a clean, nearly fine copy. A handsome copy of a book that seldom turns up in nice condition. (#141821).
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