London: Downey and Co., 1896. First Edition. Octavo, pp. [i]-viii, 325. Bound in publisher's red cloth with floral gilt decoration to front board, titles in gilt to spine and front board, blind publisher's imprint to rear board; edges uncut. Binding shows well, with some bumping to spine ends, touch to corners, some minor signs of cockling to front joint and rear edge, sunned to spine and edges of boards, slight lean. Internally clean and free from spotting, with very minor tanning to endpapers. Often known by his pseudonym, F. M. Allen, Downey's works were published anonymously by his own publishing house, Downey and Co. The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (eds. Clute, Langford, Nicholls and Sleight) describe the plot of this book as concerned with 'a giant ape whose brain is operated on, giving it human intelligence'. Item #45196
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