POLICE!!! New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1915. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [ix-x] xi-xiii [xiv-xx] [1-2] 3-292  [294-296: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], 22 illustrations (including six on inserted plates) by Henry Hutt, original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, pictorial paper inlay affixed to front panel. First edition. First printing with code "(1)" on page . Loose sequel to IN SEARCH OF THE UNKNOWN (1904). Episodic novel in which the scientist-hero encounters a three-eyed lost race, giant worms, and other bizarre forms of life. "... in addition to attacking both the scientist's devotion to his field and the esoteric quality of scientific jargon, satirizes the hero, a middle-aged anthropologist who falls in love at first sight with every young woman he sees." - Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, p. 318. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 145. Bleiler (1978), p. 41. Reginald 02820. Private owner's name rubber-stamped in front paste-down and free endpaper. Spine lean, top and fore edges of text block foxed, else a bright, fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (with illustration on front panel reproducing the book's front cover) with some wear along top and bottom edges, some general dust soiling to spine and rear panels, and a small circular paper cancel pasted over the printed price on the spine panel. A nice example of a very scarce jacket. (#147273).
First printing has code "(1)" on page .