DEVIL-MAN FROM MARS. London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, . Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi-viii] 9-312 [313-320: ads], original orange cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, publisher's device stamped in black on rear panel. First edition. Antiwar SF thriller heavily influenced by the works of H. G. Wells. Mars is a peaceful utopian world state and the humanoid Martians are seven-foot tall advanced super-beings who live in the nude in harmony with nature. The story includes Corbett's usual pseudo-science, including mind control, a "Propulsive Ray," and a "Death Ray," the latter to be used on Earth to enforce world peace (the novel is set in the near future and there has been a new war in Eastern Europe). Like all Corbett novels the plot is ridiculous and the writing is awful, but it is obvious he intended that his message of establishing world peace be taken seriously. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 67. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 58. Bleiler (1978), p. 49. Reginald 03416. Binding soiled, cloth worn at edges, spine lean, small chip from a solid, good, but somewhat grubby copy -- as are most copies of the Jenkins thrillers of this period. (#147736).
"First printing 1935" on copyright page.