ACROSS THE ZODIAC: THE STORY OF A WRECKED RECORD. London: Trübner & Co., 1880. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-6]  2-296; [1-6]  2-288, original brown cloth, front and rear panels ruled in blind, spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. "The romance of a flight, in a huge spacecraft powered by a force called apergy, to Mars, populated by scientifically advanced people." - Locke, Voyages in Space 91. "Serious throughout and more substantial than anything that preceded it, Percy Greg's ACROSS THE ZODIAC (1880), in two crowded volumes, brings together much of the best in interplanetary voyages up to this time ... the most fruitful single romance of interplanetary travel written before Wells." - Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 67-9. "Historically important ... clearly influenced Wells." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 22. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-83; (1981) 1-82; (1987) 1-40; (1995) 1-40; and (2004) II-463. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 925. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 361. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 525. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Space Travel (1951), pp. 42-3. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 96. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 462. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 67. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 21. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 11-15. Bleiler (1978), p. 87. Reginald 06341. Signature of an early owner dated 19 May 1887 on rectos of both half title leaves. Front corner tips of volume one lightly bruised, cloth lightly rubbed along lower edges, a bright, nearly fine set with tight inner hinges and very clean interior. A very attractive, superior copy; these volumes are never found in better condition. (#153267).
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