NADINE: A ROMANCE OF TWO LIVES. Nashville, Tenn. Gospel Advocate Publishing Co., 1897. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-343 [344-348: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, eighteen inserted plates, some with illustrations from photographs, original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. A long novel set variously in Louisville, KY, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Alaska that combines a lengthy nonfiction transcontinental travelogue, social, political and economic commentary, and a sensational romance in which two murders are committed: one killer is struck down by lightening, the other brought to justice by the hero, a lawyer with a thought reading machine (described in detail on pages 300-302). A fully developed SF novel (overlooked by all the genre bibliographers) intertwined with informed mini-essays on economic and social issues of the day, including, but not limited to, women's rights, Mormons, immigration, free trade, and free coinage of silver. Wright (III) 1760. Flake 3156. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in Hubin. $3 price rubber-stamped in red on front free endpaper and front flyleaf, otherwise a fine copy. (#154764).
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