RATHER LIKE ... SOME ENDEAVORS TO ASSUME THE MANTLES OF THE GREAT. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company; London: Herbert Jenkins Ltd., 1920. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-292, original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, all edges untrimmed. First edition, U.S. issue with Lippincott imprint on a cancel title leaf and their imprint at the base of the spine panel. Parodies of thirty-four leading contemporary Anglophone authors (mostly British), in fiction, verse and drama, written by a French soldier while confined in a German POW camp during World War I. Cleverly, the publisher sent proofs of the appropriate parodies to each of the originals and solicited their remarks for publication in an introductory section. Eighteen of the thirty-four responded, and it's fascinating to see who responded, at what length, in what tone -- and who did not respond. Some of Castier's inventions such as his Wellsian 'The Finding of Laura' are good fantasies in their own right. Also present is the Sherlockian pastiche, 'The Footprints on the Ceiling.' A very amiable curiosity, and rather uncommon." - Robert Eldridge. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 49. Bleiler (1978), p. 40. Faint rubber stamp of Acres of Books on front paste-down. A fine copy. (#148394).
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