THE RADIUM SEEKERS OR THE WONDERFUL BLACK NUGGET. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1905. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-xii 1-348, eight inserted plates with illustrations by J, Abney Cummings, original pictorial red cloth, front panel stamped in yellow, white and black, spine panel stamped in yellow, white, black and gold. First edition. "Plain" issue without beveled edges and leaves not gilded. "Boys' lost race adventure novel set in South America, the first and most imaginative of the Fenton Ash books. Science fiction elements include an antigravity alloy, a race of people who use the alloy to help them fly (dressing up as giant birds), man-sized vampire bats and snakelike mechanical contrivances for seizing objects. First published as a serial in BOYS REALM in 1904." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 23. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 80. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 024. Bleiler (1978), p. 11. Reginald 00628. Skillful mend to cloth along outer rear joint, a tight, bright, very good copy. A superior copy of this attractive, uncommon Edwardian boys' book. (#170677).
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