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Thoth - Nicholson Joseph Shield - 1888. [1278271]
1888 - Nicholson, Joseph Shield. Thoth. A Romance. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1888. Octavo, original gilt-stamped orange cloth, uncut. $2000.First edition of this early science fiction classic, in original cloth.This science fiction novel is set in Ancient Greece. In it, a scientifically advanced people from an Egyptian city-state (founded and ruled by a succession of rulers called Thoth) has kidnapped Grecian maidens, taking them away by airship. It is one of a group of accomplished, but strangely forgotten science fiction novels written in 1888. "Thoth is the best-known of these, although "˜best-known' is hardly accurate". To the critics, this is a shame, since they see Thoth as the best Victorian sf novel that most sf fans have never heard of. John Clute calls Thoth "˜impressive,' and E.F. Bleiler says it is "˜one of the major science-fiction novels of the 19th century". Thoth certainly has imagination: in addition to the Lost Race, it's got Pharaonic superscience, suspended animation (including every previous Thoth, back to the first), bio-engineered plagues, sleeping gas, self-propelled flying machines, genetic engineering (which produces slave races of giants and dwarfs), and a subway system" (Nevins, i09). Early ink owner signature on half-title.A few spots of foxing to interior, only light rubbing to cloth, mild toning to spine. A handsome copy in near-fine condition. Rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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