A FEARLESS INVESTIGATOR. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Company, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-353 [354: blank] [355-360: publisher ads], original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold. First edition. A young man, suddenly bereft of his inherited fortune and recuperating from typhoid fever at his sister's house, goes along with her enthusiastic interest in spiritualism and enjoys or endures various adventures, including a spirit journey to Jupiter where he meets Hermes Trigmegistus. The story ends with his wedding -- to a woman made of flesh and blood, not protoplasm. A bit odd that this escaped the main fantasy bibliographers (Bleiler, Day and Reginald). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 5. Locke, Voyages in Space V27. Wright (III) 1697. Just a touch of rubbing to spine ends and along lower edges, a nearly fine copy of an attractive book. (#147466).
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