A RACE WITH THE SUN. London, New York and Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1901. Octavo, pp. [1-9] 10-307 [308: printer's imprint] [309-320: ads], eight inserted plates with illustrations by John Finnemore, original pictorial bevel-edged blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Eight linked sensational mystery and detective stories related by Paul Gilchrist, a forensic scientist "whose life study has been science in its most interesting forms -- he is also a keen observer of human nature and a noted traveler" (preface). Exotic poisons, hypnosis, super explosives, etc. "The Paneled Bedroom" is a tale of mesmerism and murder; in "A Race with the Sun," rival scientists attempt to steal the formula for a new explosive, which they intend to sell to the German government. Borderline SF. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction, p. 90. Not in Queen, The Detective Short Story. Hubin (1994), p. 566. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, cloth rubbed along outer joints, a very good copy. A scarce book. (#164427).
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