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    Gustavus W. Pope. Two Copies of a Journey to Venus. New York; Boston: F. Tennyson Neely; Arena Pub. Co., 1895. First edition and Neely's Popular Library edition. First edition ex-libris Everett F. Bleiler with his annotations. A Journey to Venus. The Primeval World. New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1895. Neely's Popular Library edition. Octavo. 499, [6, publisher's ads] pages. Illustrated after paintings by Miss E.L. Fairfax and Mrs. McAuley, after drawings by the author. Publisher's illustrated yellow paper wrappers. Moderate edgewear with some minor losses, spine chipped and creased, approximately 55 x 25 mm open tear to lower wrapper, publisher's embossed stamp to upper wrapper, rubbed and soiled. Ads printed to verso of the wrappers. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; text block toned, minor edgewear. Housed in custom red cloth slipcase, spine lettered in gilt. Very good.

    [Together with]: A Journey to Venus. The Primeval World. Boston: Arena Pub. Co., 1895. Romance of the Planets No. 2. First edition. Ex-libris Everett F. Bleiler with his pencil notations. Octavo. 499 pages. Illustrated with frontispiece and 15 illustrations after paintings by Miss E.L. Fairfax and Mrs. McAuley, after drawings by the author. Publisher's dark red cloth stamped in gilt, title listed as "Wonderful Adventures on Venus" to upper board and spine. Cocked, corners bumped and rubbed, minor edgewear, head and foot of spine pushed and somewhat worn, spine sunned, rubbed and soiled, some dampstaining to lower board. Botanical illustrated endpapers; toned, edges chipped with some losses, minor soiling, hinges weak but holding, bookplate of publisher Oswald Train to front pastedown, small pen notations to front and rear pastedowns. Internally generally clean; embossed ownership stamp of Everett F. Bleiler to the top of the title page, text block toned to margins, minor intermittent soiling, Bleiler's pencil and red pencil annotations to first portion of the text block, text block with minor edgewear. Housed in custom sage green cloth clamshell case with printed paper spine label; label incorrectly listing publisher as F. Tennyson Neely. Very good.

    A unique copy featuring the annotations of noted bibliographer, Everett F. Bleiler. His notes only extend through the first six chapters of the story, but feature extensive grammatical and bibliographical commentary. Though a popular science fiction tale, ultimately, Bleiler was not a fan, perhaps explaining the sudden halt of his notes within the text. His dry commentary including notes such as, "non-sensical / use of copious words," and, "my, my; quite a learned man – and knows it!"

    Anatomy of Wonder III, I-76; Bleiler (1978), page 160, Bleiler, Supernatural, 1806. From the Gary Munson Collection


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