THE ELIXIR OF LIFE, OR 2905 A.D. A NOVEL OF THE FAR FUTURE. London: Henry J. Drane, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-21] 22-254 [255-256: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original vertically ribbed dark red (burgundy) cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition, first issue. Issued in both cloth and paper wrappers, this being one of the former. "Novel of a scientifically advanced future of the 'sleeper awakes' kind, with numerous details of technological achievements over a thousand years. There is an interplanetary relevance in that the Martians communicate with Earth to warn us of impending disaster from a 'dark star.'" - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 100. "Amateurish novel with occasional good ideas ... Something to be desired formally, but intelligent and imaginative." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 960. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 43. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 146. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 100. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V 335. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 156. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 478. Bleiler (1978), p. 88. Reginald 06445. Not in Lewis. Cloth has some mottled fading, a very good copy. Rare. (#165773).
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