THE FROZEN PIRATE. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1887. Octavo, two volumes: [i-iii] iv  2-318 [319: printer's imprint] 320: blank]; [i-iii] iv  2-277 [278: blank] [279: printer's imprint] [280: blank], early rebind of three-quarter black leather and marbled boards, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold. First edition. Adventure novel of shipwreck and survival in the Antarctic which incorporates a science fictional suspended animation theme. "But my favorite is THE FROZEN PIRATE (1887), in which an eighteenth-century ruffian who has survived for a century or so in a state of deep-freeze (cryogenically?) is discovered in the cabin of his ship, stuck in the ice off Cape Horn, and thawed out with surprising results. Although I had read this yarn as a child, I could not obtain a first edition of it for more than thirty years, but I have one now, thank heavens." - Wolff, Strange Stories, p. 19. "... one of Russell's most improbable and best tales." - Wolff 6017. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-142. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1422. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 669. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 829. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 117. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 365. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 117. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-222. Bleiler (1978), p. 172. Reginald 12586. Engraved bookplates of early private owner Charles Joseph Francis on front paste-downs over lending library labels, some light foxing to text blocks, some age-darkening to endpapers, bindings scuffed at extremities, but overall a nice, tight set. (#153310).
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