BY AEROPLANE TO THE SUN: BEING THE ADVENTURES OF A DARING AVIATOR AND HIS FRIENDS. London: The Century Press (Bennett & Co.), [1910]. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-ix [x] [11] 12-268, inserted frontispiece with illustration by Mabel Spurrier, original green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Boys' adventure story of interplanetary voyage in 2000 AD via spaceship from earth to the sun via Venus and Mercury and battle with Martian spaceship on return trip to earth. Feminist interest; Britain under oppressive rule by women. A work of considerable imagination, but poorly written. Horner wrote a sequel, THEIR WINGED DESTINY (1912), in which a spacecraft leaves earth (threatened with destruction by a dark star) to fly to Alpha Centaurus. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1121. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 39. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 585. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 117. Locke, Voyages in Space 110. Bleiler (1978), p. 103. Reginald 07408. Foxing to preliminary and terminal leaves, otherwise a fine, bright copy. An uncommon book. (#20339).

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