LIFE IN A THOUSAND WORLDS. Boston, Mass. Published by James H. Earle & Co., [1905]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-9] 10-20 + 16 leaves variously paged, advertising leaf, and four leaves to be used for recording subscriber details, inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author) and sixteen illustrations on eight inserted plates, title page printed in red and black, original pictorial light blue cloth, front panel stamped in dark blue and gold, reproduction of the spine panel stamped in gold on rear panel. Salesman's subscription book for the first edition. The prospectus includes the preliminaries, "synopsis of contents," author's "preface" and "introduction" (first two pages), a page or two of text from each of the 22 chapters, and 17 of the 19 illustrations found in the published versions of the book. The advertising leaf lists three binding styles: cloth, half morocco, and full morocco, but it is unlikely that any copies were issued in half or full leather bindings. The book was sold by subscription and occurs with a number of variant distributor's imprints on recto of title leaves, sequence of issue, if any, unknown. An occasionally imaginative book that describes the inhabitants and institutions of twenty-one other worlds, including Heaven, in and beyond our solar system visited by a narrator who transports himself at will through the cosmos. Basically a vehicle for social and religious commentary. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1050. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 401. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 82. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 106. Locke, Voyages in Space 102. Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, pp. 189-90. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 134. Bleiler (1978), p. 94. Reginald 06810. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 H-286. Hanna, A Mirror for the Nation 1607. Cloth lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, cloth a bit age-darkened, a very good copy. Rare. (#148385).

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