VAN WAGENER'S WAYS. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1898. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-vi] vii [viii] 1-204 [205-208: publisher's ads], frontispiece portrait of the author, original decorated pink cloth, front panel stamped in black, white and green, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. A collection of fourteen loosely linked stories about the wacky inventions of Professor Van Wagener, almost all of them based on some fantastic premise, as suggested by some of the titles: "The Flying Cat," "Incandescent Cats," "The Explosive Dog," "The Floating Magnet," etc. Most of the stories were previously published in periodicals, including PEARSON'S. This title was part of the publisher's "Latter Day Stories" series, all of whose titles (which include Bram Stoker's MISS BETTY and Clive Holland's AN EGYPTIAN COQUETTE) are notably rare now. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 1 (with typographic error tuning WAGENER'S into GAWENER'S). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 19. Not in Bleiler's Checklist (1948 or 1978), but some of these stories are covered in his Science Fiction: The Early Years under their separate periodical appearances. Spine panel just a bit faded, a touch of foxing to paste-downs, otherwise a fine copy. A remarkably nice copy of this elusive book. (#147469).
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