THE MONARCH OF DREAMS. Boston: Lee and Shepard, Publishers, 1887. Small octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-6] 7-52 [53-58: blank] [note: first three and last three leaves are blanks], original decorated light brown cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, floral patterned endpapers printed in light brown. First edition. A man's ego is trapped in its interior world of fantasy as the result of a scientific experiment. The protagonist, Francis Ayrault, moves to an isolated farmhouse in a New England country village to conduct dream research, the object being to cause his dreams to recur by conscious thought and "render himself what no human being had ever yet been, -- the ruler of his own dreams." His experiment is successful, but his ego is ultimately enslaved by the dream world he has created. He neglects the world of everyday external life with tragic results and descends into madness. H. Bruce Franklin calls this novelette "extraordinary" in Future Perfect, his critical anthology of nineteenth-century American science-fiction (see pages 251-52). Reginald 37835. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). BAL 8346. Wright (III) 2670. Two tiny black ink stains to cloth on rear cover, some rubbing to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, several inked numbers on front endpapers, faint old private library stamp on recto of first blank, still a bright, very good copy. An elusive book. (#149897).
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