PHARAOH'S BROKER: BEING THE VERY REMARKABLE EXPERIENCES IN ANOTHER WORLD OF ISIDOR WERNER (WRITTEN BY HIMSELF). Edited, arranged, and with an Introduction by Ellsworth Douglass [pseudonym]. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-316 [317-320: ads], original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by the author on front free endpaper: "To Mr. O. R. Shaw, / with the author's compliments. / Elmer Dwiggins / Des Moines. / Apl. 8, 1904." Victorian interplanetary novel. Second part recounts the adventures of two spacemen on Mars that are remarkably similar to those of Edgar Rice Burroughs's hero of A PRINCESS OF MARS (1912). "Among the more intelligent early interplanetary novels, unusual in its recognition of problems of parallel evolution as well as of the mechanics of space travel." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 602. See Lupoff essay in Gregg Press edition. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-351. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 351. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 71. Locke, Voyages in Space 67. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 300. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 132-33. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 76. Bleiler (1978), p.68. Reginald 04481. Touch of rubbing to cloth at spine ends, mild bruising to upper corner tips, a bit of bubbling to cloth at upper edges of front and rear panel, but a bright, nearly fine copy. A very attractive copy of an uncommon book. (#153269).
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