THE AUTOMATON EAR, AND OTHER SKETCHES. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg & Co., 1876. 12mo, pp. [1-6] 7-282 [1]-4: ads, flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, brown coated endpapers. First edition. Eleven stories, most of them dark tales of mental aberration. The title story concerns the invention of a machine to amplify sound and the murder of an elderly deaf woman who tries to take the instrument away from its inventor. Most of the stories can be characterized as Gothic fantasies. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 546. Bleiler (1978), p. 131. Not in Reginald (1979). Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1087. Wright (III) 3531 (locating 2 copies). Cloth lightly worn at spine ends, 25 mm narrow loss of cloth along lower fore-edge of front cover, scattered foxing to text block, a very good copy. Scarce. (#157514).

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