London: Seeley and Co., 1911. [Science Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.328 . With 16 black and white plates, including a frontispiece. Publisher's navy cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine and upper. Black ownership to fly-leaf dated 1920. Upper hinge split, with a strip of paper applied as a repair. Heavy spotting to preliminaries and edges, with moderate spotting and thumbing throughout. Most plates well-thumbed to margins, many having been tipped back in at some point. Heavy wear to cloth, with much gilt lost. Particular abrasion to upper board. Complete and intact, but very well used. Good. A fanciful bit of early twentieth century lunacy (no pun intended) in which the author knocks up a space ship in his back yard (Croydon of course!) and zooms off to explore the delights of the planet Mars where, amongst other things, he meets his deceased son who has been reincarnated as a Martian. Dedicated to the American amateur astronomer Percival Lowell, who had first developed the theories of a civilisation dependent on a complex network of canals on the red planet which this book warmly endorses. Item #57817
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