HANNIBAL'S MAN AND OTHER TALES. THE ARGUS CHRISTMAS STORIES. Albany: The Argus Company, Printers, 1878. 12mo, pp. [1-2] [1-11] 12-371 [372: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated bevel-edged green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold and black, brown coated endpapers. First edition. Collects six stories including the title fantasy, several Christmas ghost stories and the important short SF novel "The Secret of Apollonius Septrio," a tale of the evolution of man and the fate of a scientist who discovers a means to prolong human life and suffers a bizarre fate in the far future. "...a marvelous visionary fantasy spanning the centuries to witness the future evolution of mankind." – Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-99. "...one of the most imaginative early science fiction stories of evolution and one-way time travel." – Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 952. Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years 1232. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 464. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 129. Bleiler (1978), p. 114. Reginald 08268. Wright (III) 3146. Early owner's signature on front flyleaf. Edges of text block just a bit age-darkened, a fine, bright copy. An uncommon book that is rarely found in this condition. (#149674).
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