MELBOURNE AND MARS: MY MYSTERIOUS LIFE ON TWO PLANETS. EXTRACTS FROM THE DIARY OF A MELBOURNE MERCHANT. Edited by [i.e. Written by] Joseph Fraser. Melbourne: Pater & Knapton, Print, 1889. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-104 [105-112: ads], disbound. First edition. Among the rarest of the nineteenth-century interplanetary fictions. "The tale of a man who in middle age lives in Melbourne, but who also simultaneously lives a second life as a child on a utopian and scientifically advanced Mars, on which winged flying machines are in common, everyday use." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 86. "One of the most important Australian utopian novels ... Fraser saw technology as a key agent of social change, extolling the value of fast travel by flying machines and describing with awe the potential of electricity." - Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, pp. 26-7; 225. Larnach, Materials Towards a Checklist of Australian Fantasy to 1937 (1950), p. 12 (giving the author as "Frazer"). Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V-286. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 81. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Disbound, lacks the original printed wrappers. Title page dusty, fore-edge corner tips chipped. A fair copy of a rare book. (#153384).
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