IN A CONNING TOWER; OR, HOW I TOOK H.M.S. "MAJESTIC" INTO ACTION. A STORY OF MODERN IRONCLAD WARFARE. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, Limited 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [i-v] vi-viii  10-54 [55-56: blank] [57-60: ads], five full-page illustrations by W. H. Overend, original stiff pictorial gray paper wrappers printed in black with black cloth spine, edges stained black. First edition, first printing. A famous story in its day intended to give "a faithful idea of the possible course of action between two modern ironclads," first published in 1888 in MURRAY'S MAGAZINE. The work went through eight editions in England and was translated into five languages. The author later became Secretary of State for War. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 16. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749 (1992), pp. 75-76 and 229. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 84. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Wrappers dusty, ink stain on front cover, a sound, good or better copy of a fragile, uncommon book. (#144374).
No statement of printing. Later printings are so marked on title page.