ARGONAUT STORIES ... Selected from the Argonaut, Jerome Hart, Editor. San Francisco: The Argonaut Publishing Co., 1906. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vi [vii-viii] [1-2] 3-320, original gray pictorial wrappers printed in red and black. First edition. An anthology of twenty-two stories, including many sensational, criminous and weird tales, that first appeared in THE ARGONAUT, a San Francisco periodical that frequently published fantastic fiction. Contributors include Jack London (first book appearance of "Moon-Face"), Frank Norris (first book appearance of "A Caged Lion"), William C. Morrow ("The Rajah's Nemesis"), C. W. Doyle ("The Seats of Judgment"), Stewart Edward White ("A Double Shot"), Robert Duncan Milne ("Ten Thousand Years in Ice"), and others. All copies known to us, save this copy, bear the imprint "San Francisco: Payot, Upham & Company, agents for Pacific Coast, 1906." We speculate that this issue with Argonaut's own imprint is the earliest (if, indeed, there is any priority). The anthology is uncommon. According to Merle Johnson (1942), "most of edition destroyed by San Francisco earthquake and fire." Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1515h (Milne). BAL 11893 (London); BAL 15041 (Norris). Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 A-298. Signature of W. Brooks and rubber-stamped date "Apr 9 1906" on title page; his signature and rubber-stamped date "Apr 11 1906" on rear cover. Light wear to edges of cover with slight loss at spine ends and corner tips, several light creases to cover, still a very good copy of a very fragile book. (#147711).
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