THE MOON METAL. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-163 , original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in white, light green, and silver, spine panel stamped in white. First edition. Signed and dated January 1901 by Serviss on the verso of the front free endpaper. The second of four science fiction novels by Serviss, the first to be published as a book. Basically, a catastrophe novel. Following the discovery of a rare metal that replaces gold as the world's monetary standard human greed reduces the moon to rubble and the earth narrowly escapes destruction. "Serviss's best story." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1996. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-148. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 681. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 26. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 192. Locke, Voyages in Space 190. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 81. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 177. Reginald 12902. Wright (III) 4869. Bookplate of T. Zurbrugg affixed to front paste-down (Theophilus Zurbrugg founded the Philadelphia Watch Case Company, which became the world's largest manufacturer of pocket watch cases). Gift inscription from R. W. Kessting to the Hon. James H. Fleming, an advocate for "free silver," dated 1 January 1901 on front free endpaper. Mild flaking to white stamping, a very good copy. (#151885).
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