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The warstock: A tale of tomorrow
By Wirt Gerrare. London, W.W. Greener [68, Haymarket, London, S.W., and St. Mary?'s Square, Birmingham], 1898. Leaf bearing printer?'s imprint on recto, blank on verso, followed by 4pp. publisher?'s advertisements, at end; pp.[xvi]+218+[ii]+[4]; bevelled horizontally fine-ribbed moiré metallic blue cloth, lettered, and blocked wiith author?'s signature, gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with floral pattern in pale lime green. Slight fading to cloth cover on front cover and spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Hard-core science fiction. The first issue, copies also being known in pink cloth lettered in light red, with all edges cut. Locke, Spectrum [I], p.90, writing more than fifty years ago, describes this title as ?"one of the easier science fiction titles of the 1890s to find?". We suspect that a small cache had been discovered at about that time: in thirty-eight years of trading, this is the first copy we have seen, though we have had copies of two of his other books. The publisher, besides being a relative, appears to have been a dealer in sporting guns, etc., and himself wrote several standard books on the history and handling of guns, that were published by Cassell. His own firm published translations of them into French, German, Spanish, and Russian, as well as publishing at least one book by an early pioneer in South Africa. COPAC records only the British Library, Cambridge, and Trinity College Dublin copies; Bleiler [1948], p.126; Clute and Nicholls, p.491. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.
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