THE MAN WHO ENDED WAR. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1908. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-301 [302: blank] [303-306: ads] [307-308: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], four inserted plates with illustrations by Charles Grunwald, original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, pictorial paper inlay affixed to front panel. First edition. A future war novel presented within the framework of a mystery story. Scientists investigate the disappearance of a number of European and American warships. "Despite the introduction of radium and various mechanical devices, scientific material throughout the novel is secondary to the plot action... His only original contribution to the motif –- and to science fiction –- is the heroine, the first woman scientist to be portrayed during the period... She proves to be the driving force in the solution of the mystery, for it is her discoveries and deductions that lead from one clue to the next." - Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 272-74. "The detectional element is very competently handled, being both reasonable and realistic. Good commercial fiction..." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 897. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-81. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 345. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 38. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 436. Bleiler (1978), p. 83. Reginald 06067. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 G-275. Hanna, A Mirror for the Nation 1441. Some damp staining in text, ghost of clipping on pages 134-5, text block edges tanned, stain to lower edge of rear cover, a sound, good copy. (#158322).
"Published September, 1908" on copyright page.