NUMBER 87 by Harrington Hext [pseudonym]. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vi [vii-viii] 1-255 [256: blank]. original blue cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First U.S. edition. Published in February 1922 and probably preceded the British edition. Scientist discovers "number 87," a powerful energy source, and embarks on a campaign of terror as an international anarchist killing rival scientists, various dictators, and other heads of state with explosive projectiles. "Stodgy and slow-moving at first, but it comes to life once the story leaves the Eccentric Club." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1092. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 49. See Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-90. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 409. Bleiler (1948), p. 148. Reginald 11493. Tiny "10/1st" neatly inked on front free endpaper, a fine copy in poor pictorial dust jacket (illustrated by C. Brigham) with about half the rear panel (which is unprinted), shelf wear and shallow chipping at edges, and tape at edges. The illustrated front panel is largely intact. The jacket is rare. (#148304).
"Published February, 1922" on copyright page.