THE INVASION OF 1910 WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE SIEGE OF LONDON ... Naval chapters by H. W. Wilson. Toronto: Macmillan Company of Canada, Limited, 1906. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-xiv [1-2] 3-550 [551-552: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], 21 maps and plans in text, inserted facsimile letter from Lord Roberts commending Le Queux's book, original pictorial red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white and black. First Canadian edition. The binding of this Canadian edition is more elaborate than that of the 1906 Nash edition, the front panel depicting shells bursting above London in flames. Perhaps the most widely read of all British future war stories. "In March 1906 the DAILY MAIL declared war on Germany in a serial story which proved to be the most sensational of all the pre-1914 imaginary wars. It was written by Queen Alexandra's favourite novelist, William Le Queux; and his account of the German descent on Britain, THE INVASION OF 1910, aroused such intense interest throughout the world that it was translated into twenty-seven languages including Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese. The story sold over a million copies throughout the world when it was published as a book. It was immediately translated into German, given a different ending, and sold in a special edition for boys under the title of DER EINFALL DER DEUTSCHEN IN ENGLAND. The cover of this edition carried a magnificent drawing of the German troops entering the smoking ruins of a thoroughly demolished London." – Clarke, Voices (1992), p. 122. "Probably the most elaborate of the imaginary war novels." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1332. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-647. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 32. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749 (1992), p. 232. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 503. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 138. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 110-11. Bleiler (1978), p. 122. Reginald 08924. Cloth rubbed at spine ends, corner tips and along outer joints, some scattered foxing, mostly to text early and late, fore-edge and endpapers, a very good copy. A lovely copy with all the delicate white chalk cover stamping intact. (#167341).
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