(#170877) THE BRASS BOTTLE. F. Anstey, Thomas Anstey Guthrie.

THE BRASS BOTTLE. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-312 [313-320: ads], inserted frontispiece with illustration by H. R. Millar, original light green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in brown, top and fore edges untrimmed. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Guthrie to Mrs. Horace Pym on the half title page. Accompanied by a one-page autograph letter from Guthrie to Pym presenting this copy, plus press clippings reviewing the 1909 stage play based on the story. A genie-in-the-bottle story set in modern London; the released genie causes no end of comic complications for his new master. Quite funny. "For our part," huffed the {American] Bookman in its November 1900 review (p. 403), "we confess that we do not find amusement in anything so absurdly impossible as THE BRASS BOTTLE." (In its following issue, The Bookman predicted that, "A hundred years from now it is very likely that 'The Jumping Frog' alone will be remembered [of Mark Twain's works] ..." - ibid., p. 442. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 30. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 33. Bleiler (1978), p. 9. Reginald 00356. Turner 24. Sadleir 44. Wolff 156. Text block slightly shaken, a very good copy. (#170877).

Price: $250.00

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