MRS. HEPHAESTUS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES TOGETHER WITH WEST POINT: A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS. New York: White, Stokes, & Allen, 1887. Small octavo, pp. [1-6]  2-211 [212: ads] [213-214: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original bevel-edged maroon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges rough trimmed. First edition. Collects six stories and a play. Four of the tales are fantasy, including "The Merman," a dark gothic tale of a sea creature's revenge on a fisherman, and "The Invasion of Kleindorf," wherein a kindly but misguided wizard attempts to bring perfection to a contented and happy town with disastrous results. This latter work is a satire on -ologies and -isms, especially science and philosophy. The title story is a variation on the motif of a statue (of Aphrodite in this case) coming to life. "Labor Troubles on an Island" attacks unions by means of a reductio ad absurdum strategy. The play, "West Point: A Comedy in Three Acts," takes up the last third of the book. Bleiler (1978), p. 13. Reginald 00746. Wright (III) 230. Mild wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, very good copy of an uncommon book. (#167226).
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