"BESS." A COMPANION TO "JESS." By the Author of "King Solomon's Wives," "King Solomon's Treasures," "He," "It," etc., etc. New York: Norman L. Munro, Publisher, 24 and 26 Vandewater St., 1887. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-234 [235-240: ads], original pictorial white wrappers printed in gray green, orange and black. First edition, first printing with list of Munro's Library ending with this book. Issued as "Munro's Library, Double Number," volume 50, number 739, July 5, 1887. A parody of Haggard's JESS. Weak shop girl romance; not science fiction or fantasy. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 240. The Stuart Teitler Collection of Lost Race Fiction, p. 64. Bleiler (1978), p. 60. Not in Reginald (1979; 1991). Whatmore PL12. Cover chipped at spine ends and lower fore-edge of front cover, some dust soiling to cover, text paper tanned, title leaf detached, closed split along outer front spine fold, a good copy. (#153398).
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