1909 A Trip to Mars
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition of this early twentieth century children's science fiction novel, from British writer of pulp and science fiction Francis Henry Atkins, written under the pseudonym Fenton Ash.
In the scarce blue variant of the publisher's original pictorial cloth binding.
Illustrated with six full colour illustrated plates from W. H. C. Groome. Collated, complete.
In this thrilling children's adventure - an extra-terrestrial version of the popular African or Asiatic adventure novels of the time - two young cousins are on a South Sea island with their scientist-guardian, when an alien vessel crashes into the sea, containing the King of Mars.
The two children travel to Mars, and become involved in a vast interstellar conflict, hunt giant eagles, and visit an interplanetary zoo.
With a prize inscription, dated Christmas 1916, to the front pastedown, commending Edgar Harkwick for his Sunday School attendance.
An uncommonly lovely copy of the first edition of this Martian fantasy.
In the publisher's original pictorial cloth binding. Externally, excellent. Minot bumping to back strip head and tail. Inscription to front free endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Light spotting to first and last few leaves - most concentrated to title page - with pages otherwise generally clean and bright. Plates exceptionally bright.
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