THE LOG OF THE "FLYING FISH:" A STORY OF AERIAL AND SUBMARINE PERIL AND ADVENTURE. London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin: Blackie & Son, 1887. Octavo, pp. [1-9] 10-384  2-48: ads, twelve inserted plates with illustrations by Gordon Browne, original pictorial terra cotta brown cloth, front panel stamped in light brown, black and silver, spine panel stamped in light brown, black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers, all edges yellow glazed. First edition, first printing. Page  of undated publisher's catalogue at rear lists this title as one of "The New Season's Books." Boys' science fiction adventure novel, the first of the three "Flying Fish" stories. Collingwood "remains best known for his 'Flying Fish' sequence of sf tales ... The eponymous vehicle is a ship which operates in the air, on the surface and under the sea, and which takes the tales' protagonists back and forth across the Earth, leading them to a lost world, to inner Africa and elsewhere." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 243. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 450. Clareson, Science-Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 176. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 31. Bleiler (1978), p. 46. Reginald 03198. Early gift inscription dated "Xmas 1887" on front free endpaper, cloth slightly rubbed at spine ends and corners, a near fine, bright copy of a very handsome book. First printing copies are scarce and almost never found in such superior condition as offered here. (#149879).
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