CAPTAIN ISHMAEL: A SAGA OF THE SOUTH SEAS. London: Hutchinson & Co, 1901. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-2] 3-344 [345-348: ads dated "Autumn 1901"], inserted frontispiece, original maroon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edge untrimmed. First edition, colonial issue. The colonial issue utilizes the same sheets as Hutchinson's domestic issue, but unlike the latter, is bound in non-pictorial maroon cloth with "Hutchinson's Colonial Library" stamped in gold on front and spine panels "...an extraordinary novel of a man doomed to wander deathless through the ages, who several times meets the Wandering Jew, and in the end invents long-range guns with explosive shells in a 'world of if,' long before anybody else."– Sam Moskowitz, "George Griffith-Warrior of If" in George Locke (ed), The Raid of 'Le Vengeur' and Other Stories by George Griffith (1974), p. 44. "One of Griffith's rarest books..."– Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 97. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 53. Reginald 06366. Not in Beiler (1948; 1978). Binding just slightly leaned, minor rubbing to cloth at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, a tight, bright, very good copy. An nice copy of a scarce book rarely found in nice condition. Formerly, science fiction historian Sam Moskowitz's copy with a long story note in his hand penciled on the front free endpaper. (#77931).