THE MENTAL MARVEL. Fre MacIsaac.

THE MENTAL MARVEL. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1930. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-323 [324-326: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in black and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. Humorous fantasy (coded "biological science fiction" in 1978 Bleiler checklist) about a mental superman who claims he can outwit any opponent in the boxing ring, and attract any woman outside of it. "One of the better pulp writers." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, p. 465. MacIsaac was a Boston newspaperman who went to Harvard, then went on to a career in writing fiction and screenplays. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 527. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 757. Bleiler (1978), p. 130. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 532. Formerly stage magician Dunninger's copy with his bookplate designed by Mahlon Blaine affixed to front paste-down. A fine copy in very good four-color pictorial dust jacket with wear and shallow loss at spine ends and corner tips, some rubbing along front flap fold, some age-darkening to spine panel and along rear flap fold, and some dust soiling, largely rear panel. Overall, a fairly nice example of the jacket. (#148780).

Price: $250.00

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