THE CURSE OF INTELLECT. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1895. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-3] 4-177 [178: printer's imprint] [179-180: ads], original yellow cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition. "Biological science fantasy of a large monkey which is taught to think and to participate in human society; part two (of three) comprises the beasts written autobiography." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 13. "Written alternately by human narrator and intelligent monkey with estranged point of view. Intrigues and murders plus long essay on loss of happiness because of reason. Monkey commits suicide. Influenced THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 60. Bleiler (1978), p. 48. Reginald 03714. Early private owner's tiny monogram blind stamp on title leaf and last leaf of text and date "7.5.95" neatly inked on recto of title leaf. Yellow cloth a trifle soiled, a near fine, attractive copy. Publisher's slip regarding trade terms for the book laid in. (#74897).
No statement of printing. Later printings indicate their status on the title page (a copy marked "THIRD EDITION" has been seen).