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 brown cloth, front and spine panels 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, corner tips and along portions of bottom edges and outer joints, small stain on rear cover, some age-darkening to free endpapers and text block (latter being rather poor quality paper stock), still a tight, bright, very good copy. (#77940).
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