THE YELLOW DANGER. Shiel.

THE YELLOW DANGER. New York: R. F. Fenno & Company ... London: Grant Richards, 1899. Octavo, pp. [5-6] 7-388 [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], original pictorial green wrappers printed in yellow, red and black (the same illustration used for cloth bound copies appears on the front wrapper; inside front wrapper has a advertisement for the West Shore Railroad; inside rear wrapper one for the B & O Royal Blue; rear wrapper one for Mehlin Pianos). First U.S. edition. This issue has the subtitle "The story of the world's greatest war." The paperbound copies were issued as No. 61 of "Fenno Select Series," dated December 1899. Shiel's fourth book and first science fiction novel, first published as a 20-part serial in SHORT STORIES, 5 February -- 18 June, 1898, as "The Empress of the Earth: The Tale of the Yellow War." The yellow horde devastates Europe and in turn is laid low by a plague. "Frenzied melodrama of repulsive racism." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 74. "In the Fenno edition, the last chapter, 'The Black Spot,' is expanded a little and considerably improved, winding up international affairs a lot neater than in the London editions ..." - Morse (1980), p. 59. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1005. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2025. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 693. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 24. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War (1992), p. 230. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 197. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2525-28. Bleiler (1978), p. 179. Reginald 13034. Hubin (1994), p. 737. Morse, The Works of M. P. Shiel Updated (1980), p. 70. Light wear to tail of spine panel and corner tips, spine panel faded, a very good copy. This paperbound issue is very scarce. (#80481).

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