SAURUS. London: John Murray, . Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-281 [282: blank] [283: biographical note on Phillpotts] [284-286: ads] [287-288: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original olive-green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition, first binding. "A spaceship from another world contains an egg that hatches into an intelligent lizard. This was the first story that attempted to use an alien visitor as an objective observer to comment on the state of contemporary human civilization, and is rather more sympathetic than most work in this vein." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-98. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-81; (1987) 2-90; and (2004) II-850. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 73. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, 176. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 271-72. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1866-70. Bleiler (1978), p. 158. Reginald 11489. A bright, very good copy in very good four-color pictorial dust jacket with some wear at edges, mainly spine ends and corner tips, and several closed edge tears, several with associated wrinkles. Publisher's printed "Author's Compliments" slip laid in. An attractive copy. (#95585).
"First Edition 1938" on copyright page.