(#165849) THE GREEN MACHINE. F. H. Ridley, Francis Ambrose Ridley.

THE GREEN MACHINE. London: Noel Douglas, [1926]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6] 7-255 [256: blank], original red boards, spine panel stamped in black, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition, variant (perhaps later) binding. Mr. Jinks journeys via a comet to Mars which is inhabited by numerous monstrous creatures and a highly civilized race of human-sized ants. "An odd novel, obviously written by an intelligent man who had very little scientific background. It is original in idea, yet amateurish in presentation, at times edging into eccentricity ... A highly individual book in some ways, with a fairy tale approach, despite echoes of H. G. Wells, E. R. Burroughs, Verne, and the American pulps, but annoying in its bland approach to matters scientific. The author lacks the literary skills to make the horrors of Mars come alive, but it is to his credit that he did not fall back on Dejah Thoris." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1874. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-905. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 143. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, 183. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 975. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 180. Bleiler (1978), p. 167. Reginald 12241. Boards rubbed at extremities, mainly spine ends and corner tips, spine panel just a bit darkened, a good, tight copy. A better than average copy of a scarce book generally found in ratty condition. (#165849).

Price: $100.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
"FIRST PUBLISHED IN MCMXXVI" on copyright page.