(#169962) THE RED ONE. Jack London.

THE RED ONE. London: Mills & Boon, Limited, [1919]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-248 [249-252: ads], original blue cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in black. First British edition. Collects four stories, the title fiction, "The Hussy," "Like Argus of the Ancient Times" and "The Princess." "The Red One," London's finest science fiction story and one of his best efforts in any genre, concerns the discovery of a wrecked alien spacecraft worshiped by headhunters on Guadalcanal. "An excellent story, with good characterizations, fine background, and a sense of wonder." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1359. "For ... its originality of concept and treatment -- "The Red One" must be regarded as one of the masterpieces of science fiction written in America during the period under consideration." - Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 219-21. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-108; (1981) 1-117; (1987) 1-60; (1995) 1-60; and (2005) II-676. Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, pp. 219-21. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 516. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 729. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 142. Bleiler (1978), p. 126. Reginald 09149. Owner's name and address on the front free endpaper. Top edge of text block dusty, vertical crease in the center of the rear free endpaper which is also just a bit tanned. Small area of sunning to the spine panel where it was exposed to sunlight due to a chip from the jacket spine. A very good copy in a good six shilling first printing pictorial dust jacket with wear and shallow chipping along top and bottom edges. This is a remainder issue jacket which has two reduced price stickers, one on the front panel, the other on the spine panel. There are remnants of the stickers on both panels. A crude attempt to remove the sticker on the spine panel resulted in a quarter-size loss to the jacket and the fading to the cloth noted above. Nevertheless, this is a quite uncommon edition of an important collection of London's fiction, and the jacket is rare in any shape. (#169962).

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"Published 1919" on copyright page.