RALPH 124C 41+: A ROMANCE OF THE YEAR 2660. Hugo Gernsback.

RALPH 124C 41+: A ROMANCE OF THE YEAR 2660. Boston: The Stratford Company, Publishers, 1925. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-8] 9-293 [294: blank], eleven inserted plates with illustrations by Frank R. Paul, original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Signed and inscribed by Gernsback to "my good old friend Paul Samplinger" in May 1959 on a tipped in leaf preceding the front free endpaper. Widely acclaimed upon its initial appearance as a serial in Gernsback's magazine, MODERN ELECTRICS, in 1911, the interplanetary novel by "the father of science fiction" is virtually unreadable today. However, historically, its impact and the prominence of its author in the science fiction field, elevates it to cornerstone status in the science fiction genre. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-80; (1981) 1-77; (1987) 1-37; (1995) 1-37; and (2004) II-431. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 863. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 335. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 70. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 90 (Locke variant A, but with top edge unstained; no priority established). Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1751-54. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 81. Reginald 05900. Early ownership stamps of George Hudson of Pine City, N.Y., on front free endpaper and half title page, tiny photograph of Gernsback clipped from a magazine affixed to title page, a very good copy with bright cover stamping. (#149327).

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