A TRIP TO MARS OR THE SPUR OF ADVENTURE. New York: Street & Smith Corporation Publishers, [1928]. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-320, original four color pictorial paper cover. First complete edition? Issued as Round the World Library No. 79. Boys' adventure novel of attempts by various scientists and others to communicate with or travel to Mars – all unsuccessful. This edition bears a copyright date of 1901, presumably for the year in which the story first appeared in Golden Hours (March 30-May 18, 1901) as "To Mars With Tesla, or, the Mystery of Hidden Worlds." A revised and / or abridged dime novel version was issued by Street & Smith in their Bound-to-Win Library (30 November 1905, number 145) as Adventures in Other Worlds. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 441. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 169. See Locke, Voyages in Space 233. Reginald 03114. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Printed on wood pulp paper which is darkened and somewhat brittle; first leaf (publisher's ads) has two marginal chips (one affecting a few words of text), title leaf has several tears, paper cover chipped at head and tail of spine panel, otherwise a very good copy. In spite of faults, a nice copy of this very fragile book. Enclosed in a cloth slipcase. Formerly science fiction author / editor / publisher' Donald A Wollheim's copy with his name stamped in ink on rear cover. (#).

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