THE CAPTAIN OF THE "MARY ROSE:" A TALE OF TO-MORROW. London: Tower Publishing Co., Ltd., 1892. Large octavo, pp. [i-xi] xii [xiii] xiv-xvi  2-308, 60 full-page illustrations by the Chevalier Edouardo de Martino and Fred T. Jane, original pictorial bevel-edged blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First edition. Extrapolation of a future war at sea during a conflict between England and France. "More carefully thought out than most imaginary wars ..." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 436. The illustrations by Jane (himself an author of several scientific romances from this period) have an impressionistic quality and are quite striking. Sir William Laird Clowes (1856-1905) was a lawyer, editor, journalist, and popular writer on social topics. His major work was THE ROYAL NAVY, A HISTORY FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT, published in seven volumes between 1897 and 1903. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 166. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 18. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749, p. 76; 229. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 53. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 212. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 48. Bleiler (1978), p. 45. Reginald 03103. 1893 gift inscription on the half title page. Spine ends rubbed, corner tips worn, some dust soiling to cloth, top edge of text block dusty, several text leaves foxed, fore and bottom edges foxed, but a very good, superior copy of a popular book that tends to show up now in well-worn condition. (#156380).
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