FACING THE FLAG. New York: F. Tennyson Neely, Publisher, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-217 [218-224: ads] [note: The final gathering, signature "14" is eight leaves with publisher's ads on page (218) and last three leaves], true endpapers at front and rear, original decorated blue cloth, front panel and spine panels stamped in red and silver (with bull's-eye on front and American flag design on spine). First edition in English. Neely's edition, published in January 1897, preceded Sampson Low's British edition, published in October 1897 as For the Flag . Translation of FACE AU DRAPEAU (1896). Use of scientist's super explosive is rejected by the French government. The inventor joins forces with a pirate who has kidnapped him to obtain the secret. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2242. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 23. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 70. Reginald 14623A. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Myers 24. Taves and Michaluk V044. A bit of loss to silver stamping on bull's-eye, else a bright, fine copy. A lovely copy in the preferred binding. (#80261).
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