Publisher: London: Trübner & Co., 1880.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy, page 96; not in Wolff, who had but one novel by Greg.
Condition: Hinges and spine skillfully repaired; very good copy. Rare.
Book ID: 27428
Description2 vols, 8vo, original brown cloth, gilt lettering.
CommentsA major work of Victorian science fiction, the story of "a flight, in a huge spacecraft powered by a force called apergy, to Mars, which is found to be populated by a scientifically advanced people" - Locke. The story purports to be a translation of a manuscript in Latin, which is discovered by a former Colonel in the Confederate army, after he is shipwrecked on an unknown island in the South Pacific. Percy Greg (1836-1889) was a journalist from Manchester, who had an interest in American history, particularly the Civil War; hence the Confederate character in an English novel of science fiction. He wrote several other novels and was a prolific contributor to Blackwood's, the Manchester Guardian, Fraser's, etc. See Allibone, Supplement, and the ODNB.