THE MASTER-KNOT OF HUMAN FATE. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1901. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-309 [310-312: blank] [notes: a single leaf folded to make four pages of publisher's ads is inserted between pages (310-311); first and last leaves are blanks], original pictorial gray-green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, dark green and gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. The decorated binding is signed with monogram "AMS." First edition. A man and woman are in the Rocky Mountains when a cataclysm inundates everything around them, leaving them cut off with only a collie for company and an old prospector's cabin for shelter. An obscure post-catastrophe novel; a Robinsonade built for two, with a good deal of theology (just as there is in Defoe), and some "modern" developments in the romance department. The book's binding design was executed by Boston designer Amy M. Sacker (c1872-1965). She was a member of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts and designed hundreds of books, bookplates, illustrations and greeting cards, and was an active teacher of art for nearly sixty years. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1477. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 550. Reginald 10020. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 M-681. Owner's name and date on front free endpaper. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, hint of age-darkening to spine panel, else a bright, clean, very good copy. (#147374).
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