"IT." A WILD, WEIRD HISTORY OF MARVELOUS, MIRACULOUS, PHANTASMAGORICAL ADVENTURES IN SEARCH OF HE, SHE, AND JESS, AND LEADING TO THE FINDING OF "IT." A HAGGARD CONCLUSION. New York: Norman L. Munro, Publisher, 24 and 26 Vandewater St., 1887. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-242 [243-256: ads], inserted double page frontispiece (a portrait of Mr. Norse Fjord), other illustrations in the text, original pictorial white wrappers printed in gray green, orange and black. First edition. Issued as "Munro's Library," Double Number, volume 50, number 726, April 15, 1887. A sequel to de Morgan's HE, with a similar narrative tone. Rarest of the de Morgan parodies. "This anonymous novel, usually ascribed to John de Morgan [see Whatmore for an account of the debate over authorship], is not the facetious pastiche one would assume. The book is somewhat serious in tone, displaying some knowledge and unusual sympathy for the cultures of Black Africa. There is even a risqué love relationship involved in the plot. On the other level, an unabashed fantasy featuring all the props of the best lost race tales, e.g., cryptic symbols from a race 10,000 year old, floating islands, apish cave dwellers, underground explorations and finally the finding of 'Oph' and its ruler, the lineal descendant of Sheba, and onto a strange conclusion." - Stuart Teitler. "IT" is collected in THEY: THREE PARODIES OF H. RIDER HAGGARD'S SHE, edited by R. Reginald and Douglas Menville (New York: Arno Press, 1978). Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-59. See Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-89. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 565. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 242. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy p. 14 (listing a reprint). Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 37. Bleiler (1978), p. 59. Reginald 04116. Whatmore PL9. Front wrapper lightly worn at edges, spine and rear wrapper missing and professionally replaced with plain gray paper, a very good copy with tanned but supple pages. A decent copy of this fragile, very scarce publication. Just the fifth copy we've seen in 65 years. The John Ruyle copy. (#165935).
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