DAYBREAK: A ROMANCE OF AN OLD WORLD. New York: George H. Richmond & Co., 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [i-v] vi-viii  2-399 [400: blank] [note: first leaf excised], fly leaf at rear, four inserted plates with illustrations by Walter C. Greenough, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and silver. First edition. Variant (priority, if any, unknown) with plain top edge and all edges trimmed. The moon strikes the earth and two humans exploring it encounter a moon maid who is the sole survivor of her race. The moon rises from the earth and travels through space to orbit Mars where the three protagonists study the advanced Martian civilization. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-50 and (1981) 1-49. Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years 489. Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 203-05. Clareson, Science Fiction in America 1870s-1930s 199. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 47. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 59. Locke, Voyages in Space 54. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 232. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 200. Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, p. 185. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 109. Bleiler (1978), p. 51. Reginald 03486. Wright (III) 1225. Light rubbing to corner tips and spine ends, some foxing to text block, a bright, tight, very good copy. (#148874)).
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