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Merritt, A(braham) / Author of "The Ship of Ishtar"
The Moon Pool (SIGNED)
Liveright Inc., New York. Merritt's first book, a "fix-up" lost-race novel fusing his classic novelette "The Moon Pool" (All-Story Weekly, July 22, 1918) with its inferior sequel "The Conquest of the Moon Pool" (All-Story Weekly, Feb. 15-March 22, 1919.) "Fine imagination, fast motion, ridiculous characterizations, pretentious style, but still one of the historically important works of early American pulp science-fiction and fantasy," notes Bleiler in his "Guide to Supernatural Fiction." Further, "The Moon Pool stories were perhaps the most influential science fiction in the United States of their day" -- again Bleiler, in "Science-Fiction, The Early Years." A doorway in the South Seas leads to a vast subterranean civilization, older than recorded time, where a conflict rages between the "Shining One" and her legions of worshipers, and the devotees of the "Silent Ones." The ending of this version differs slightly from the original, published in book form in 1919 by Putnam's. The 1919 copyright date (only) is retained here, but Merritt is listed as the author of "Ship of Ishtar" (1926) and the consensus publication date for this Liveright reprint is 1932. Inscribed and signed "A Merritt" to blank verso of the dedication page. Hard to find any edition of this book inscribed by author, who died in 1943. Fantasy/science fiction; 432 pp. Reduced from $450. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Cat's Curiosities [Pahrump, NV, U.S.A.]
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