Milo Hastings: City of Endless Night. (New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1920), first edition, 346 pages, black cloth with white lettering on spine and front board, 12mo (5.25" x 7.5"), dust jacket (in protective Mylar). Milo Hastings was an interesting American character. He was health-conscious at a time when American men were not health conscious, inventing Weeniwinks, a health-food snack; yet he was addicted to cigarettes. He invented the forced-draft chicken incubator, but never reaped the rewards for his invention, as the patent was awarded for a similar invention. First serialized in True Story Magazine as the "Children of Kultur" in 1919, City of Endless Night remains the work for which Milo Hastings is known. Sam Moskowitz, lifelong super fan of science fiction, once wrote that City of Endless Night was an "unusual work, filled with uncanny prescience about impending events...born out of the experience of World War I and the impact on Americans of imperial Germany's statist creed, which believed in the subjugation of the individual for the sake of the nation. On all counts of inventiveness, social significance, narrative flow and intrinsic worth, it ranks with When the Sleeper Wakes by H.G. Wells, Messiah of the Cylinder by Victor Rousseau and We by Eugene Zimiatin, all written and published about the same period." The copy presented here is in very good condition, with light age-toning to the edges, minor edge, corner, and spine wear, and slight shelf-cocking to the spine. The dust jacket is good, with some rubbing, and chipping around the edges, especially at the head and tail of the spine. Still, this is a rare work from a truly American character. From the Ventura Collection.

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