MESSAGES FROM MARS BY THE AID OF THE TELESCOPE PLANT. New York: J. S. Ogilvie, Publisher, 57 Rose Street, 1892. Octavo, pp. [iii] iv-v 9-259 [260: blank] +  2-5] 6: publisher's ads [note: erratically paged, no preliminary pages are missing], later homemade wrappers with original back cover retained. First edition. Issued as Ogilvie's "The Peerless Series," number 62, August 1892. "An imaginative and original science fiction novel in which the protagonist finds a lost race on an island in the Pacific. Their religion revolves round a remarkable plant which has foliage which acts as a powerful lens. Through the medium of this, communication takes place with the super-scientific civilization on Mars, and much of the book is devoted to a description of the life and technology there." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 40. Eccentric novel ... A curiosity, but not without interesting moments." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 256. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V-141. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature 1516-1975, p. 46. Bleiler (1978), p. 29. Reginald 01816. Printed on pulp paper and very fragile. A rare book. Formerly Stuart Teitler's copy; we have not seen another copy of this edition, nor has interplanetary fiction expert George Locke. (#153389).
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