New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900.. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-163 , original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in white, light green, and silver, spine panel stamped in white. First edition. The second of four science fiction novels by Serviss, the first to be published as a book. Basically, a catastrophe novel. Following the discovery of a rare metal that replaces gold as the world's monetary standard human greed reduces the moon to rubble and the earth narrowly escapes destruction. "Serviss's best story." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1996. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-148. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 681. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 26. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 192. Locke, Voyages in Space 190. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 81. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 177. Reginald 12902. Wright (III) 4869. Spine a bit age-darkened, mild rubbing to the spine lettering, horizontal split to cloth at lower spine end, a very good or better copy. (#156076) (Inventory #: 156076)
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