THE SECOND DELUGE. New York: McBride, Nast & Company, 1912. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-2] 3-399 [400-402: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], four inserted plates with illustrations by George Varian, original green cloth, front panel stamped in white and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in white. First edition. The author's best novel and one of the best early treatments of the natural catastrophe theme. "... in American science fiction, the catastrophe motif did not assume its fully developed form until the publication of Garrett P. Serviss's The Second Deluge..." - Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 303-06. "One of Serviss's better stories. Heavily in the tradition of Jules Verne, it is vividly imagined, and if there are occasional concessions to pulp simplistics, they are not offensive." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1999. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-136; (1981) 1-149; (1987) 1-83; (1995) 1-83; and (2004) II-979. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 682. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 42. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 192. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 177. Reginald 12903. March 1913 gift inscription at top edge of front free endpaper. Upper spine end and two front corners bruised, touch of fading to cloth, most of the perishable white enamel lettering on spine panel flaked away, a sound, good copy. (#165190).
"Published, March, 1912" on copyright page.