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F. V. White & Co., London 1899 - Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii] 1-304 305-312: ads, inserted frontispiece with illustration by Gaston Darbour, original pictorial dark green cloth, front panel stamped in light green, brown, white and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Spy novel in which French secret agent acquires plans for British coastal defenses. In addition to his formal career as a journalist Le Queux "claimed to have been employed as a secret agent, and to have been involved in vital espionage work for anything up to thirty years before the Great War. Whatever his exploits in real life, he was certainly the great pioneer of spy fiction, from the publication of his novel GUILTY BONDS (1890) onwards. In his thrillers he turned away from the description of imaginary future conflicts on a large scale to the description of action behind the scenes in the contemporary world, where German plots were forever being thwarted by British agents, who thus prevented the enemy from achieving advantages that would make actual hostilities profitable. ENGLAND'S PERIL (1899) set the pattern for this kind of work." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 110. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 112. Bleiler (1978), p. 122. Hubin (1994), p. 496. Slight spine lean, cloth lightly rubbed at upper corner tips and along bottom edges, early owner's signature on front free endpaper, a bright, tight, very good copy. (#148804) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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