THE DISAPPEARANCE SYNDICATE AND SENATOR STANLEY'S STORY. New York: Charles B. Reed, Publisher, 164, 166 & 168 Fulton St., 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-241 [242: blank] [243: ads] [244: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, inserted frontispiece and other illustrations in the text by Frank O. Small, original red cloth, front panel stamped in red and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, white endpapers with leaf pattern printed in orange. First edition. Three stories: the first deals with a secret order of adepts that controls the world using advanced technology; the second utilizes the personality transfer motif; the third, "Napoleon Wolff and His Newspaper of the Future," concerns the invention of an airplane powered by antigravity. "The Disappearance Syndicate" and "Senator Stanley's Story" were first published in COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE, the remaining story is first published here. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 500. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 206. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 61. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03553. Wright (III) 1293. Just a bit of sunning to spine panel with spill-over onto front cover, a nearly fine copy. An elusive book. (#170663).
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