GAMBLES WITH DESTINY. London: F. V. White & Co., 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-3] 4-232 + 16-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, original blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. Collection of short fiction; four of the five being SF stories. Includes "A Corner in Lightning," Griffith's best story. Also includes "Hellsville U.S.A." which Sargent (Additions) says describes "economic reform in the United States. Worst and most useless people put on a reservation. Destroyed by meteors." Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 935. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 25. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 97. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 50-1. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 76. Bleiler (1978), p. 87. Reginald 06370. Hubin (1994), p. 355. Wolff 2794. Cloth lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, top edge of text block a bit dusty, a clean, bright, very good copy. (#77938).
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