THE YELLOW DANGER. London: Grant Richards, 1898. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi  2-348 [note: first leaf is a blank] + -page publisher's catalogue dated "Spring 1898" on page  inserted at rear, original pictorial tan cloth, front panel stamped in orange and black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, top edge untrimmed, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. First edition, first printing. Shiel's fourth book and first science fiction novel, first published as a 20-part serial in SHORT STORIES, 5 February - 18 June, 1898, as "The Empress of the Earth: The Tale of the Yellow War." The yellow horde devastates Europe and in turn is laid low by a plague. "Frenzied melodrama of repulsive racism." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 74. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1005. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2025. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 693. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 24. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War (1992), p. 230. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 197. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2525-28. Bleiler (1978), p. 179. Reginald 13034. Hubin (1994), p. 737. Morse, The Works of M. P. Shiel Updated (1980), p. 68. Slight spine lean (less than usual for this book), spine panel a bit faded, just a touch of light dust soiling to cloth, mostly along fore-edge of front cover where it largely blends in with the Sun's rays, a bright, nearly fine copy. The delicate laid paper endpapers are intact and clean and the inner hinges are very tight. An attractive, quite superior copy of a book usually found in wretched condition. (#147242).
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