HIS LEVEL BEST AND OTHER STORIES. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1873. Small octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-293 [294-296: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated red brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and ruled in blind, brown coated endpapers. First edition. Contains the first book publication of "The Brick Moon," an early, perhaps the first, story to describe the construction and launching of an artificial satellite. "The Brick Moon" was first published as a serial in THE ATLANTIC, October -- December 1869 and a sequel, "Life in the Brick Moon," appeared in the February 1870 issue. The text presented here is an edited, combined version of the two stories. Among the other stories collected here are "A Tale of a Salamander," a supernatural story, and "The Queen of California," a medieval lost race story of the discovery of the Island of California, translated from the Spanish by Hale. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-91; (1987) 1-48; (1995) 1-48; and (2004) II-483. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 48-9. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 984. Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, p. 43. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 102. Locke, Voyages in Space 97. Bleiler (1978), p. 91. Reginald 06635. Wright (II) 1052. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 1004. Spine lean, cloth rubbed at edges, insect tracking on spine panel and along top and bottom edges of rear cover, small hole in front free endpaper and short hairline crack along inner front hinge, a sound, good copy. A small card signed by Hale is pasted to the front free endpaper. (#147991).
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