London: Macmillan and Co., 1907. [Fantasy] FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm). With ninety-two numbered leaves printed on rectos only. Illustrated with sixteen plates in colour, frontispiece with tissue guard present. Smartly bound in recent dark blue half calf over publisher's original gilt-pictorial sides, top edge gilt. Some light marks and spots within, exterior fine. An attractive copy. Noted in Bleiler and containing elements of the fantastic; whilst it does not deal with new inventions, predictions of future wars or technological change, as in Kipling's more overtly scientific romances, this tale is concerned more with social consciousness and the dream-like state, and is among his most psychologically interesting and controversial work. 'The Brushwood Boy' short story concerns fantasy dream-worlds. John W. Campbell described Kipling as "the first modern science fiction writer". Verne and Wells may be the fathers of Sci-Fi, but it is Kipling who links them to the 'Golden Age' writers such as Robert A. Heinlein and Poul Anderson. Item #52459
Bleiler; The Guide to Supernatural Fiction. also Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature. see also Kipling; Something of Myself, Wilson; The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling, Amis; Kipling and his World.
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