THE WAR OF THE WENUSES. Translated from the Artesian of H. G. Pozzuoli. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith ... London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, n.d. . Small octavo, pp. [1-10] 11-140 [141-144: ads], original brown cloth, front panel lettered and ruled in black, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold, rear panel ruled in blind, black coated endpapers. First edition. Copies of the cloth issue of this book are found with and without publisher's advertisements on pages [141-44], priority, if any, unknown. This copy has the ads. A fine parody of H. G. Wells's THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Earth is invaded by beautiful Venusian women. "A 'Punch-style' parody ... in which the natives of Venus, young ladies, invade Earth (in giant crinolines) in a quest for sartorial improvements, devastating all males with the dreaded 'mash' glance." - Locke, Voyages in Space 88. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 915. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 356. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 24. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749, p. 230. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 95. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 457. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 115. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 73. Bleiler (1978), p. 85. Reginald 06255. Bookplate of collector William Henry Hopkins affixed to front paste-down. Spine lean, cloth rubbed at spine ends, along outer joints, and along fore-edge of front cover, lending library label removed from front cover, title page dusty, a good copy. (#157114).
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