THE SEA DEMONS. London: John Long, Limited, . Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-254 [255: ads] [256: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "Winter - 1924" inserted at rear, original blue cloth, front panel ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. The author's first science fiction novel, first published as a four-part serial in ALL-STORY WEEKLY during January 1916 under his better known pen name "Victor Rousseau." A sea dwelling humanoid race invades England when its ocean food supply is exhausted. "... a very small edition ... Today, it is virtually impossible to obtain." - Sam Moskowitz. "... one of the most interesting [of his fantasies], dealing as it does with an invasion of mankind by underwater creatures ... regarded as the most difficult to find, an opinion with which I concur." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 77. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-143. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 651. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 664. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 51. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, pp. 1031-32. Bleiler (1978), p. 67. Reginald 12507. Synopsis of story clipped from the publisher's catalogue affixed to front free endpaper. Lacks two pages (3-6) of the publisher's catalogue, else a nearly fine copy. A very scarce book. (#170616).
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