CAXTON'S BOOK: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, POEMS, TALES AND SKETCHES ... Edited by Daniel O'Connell. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft and Company, 1876. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4  6-9 [10-11] 12  14-300 [301-304: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks; leaf 19(8), the final blank, excised by the binder], flyleaf at front, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers. First edition. The author's posthumous first and only book. Most of the stories are science fiction and fantasy, including the author's genre classic, "The Case of Summerfield." Anthony Boucher reprinted this story in the summer of 1950 issue of the MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, terming Rhodes "in this and other stories one of the great pioneers of modern science fiction." Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-129; (1981) 1-141; (1987) 1-78; (1995) 1-78; and (2004) II-904. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1380. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1862. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 648. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 182. Locke, Voyages in Space 175. Moskowitz, Science Fiction in Old San Francisco Volume I: History of the Movement from 1854 to 1890, pp. 43-61. Bleiler (1978), p. 166. Reginald 12194. Wright (III) 4525. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 2094. Cloth rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, some soiling to front panel, a square and tight, very good copy with bright gold cover stamping. Overall, a nice copy of this influential, landmark collection. (#77446).
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