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was founded January 1, 1973. We are one of the world's leading dealers in rare and first editions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a strong emphasis on autographs, manuscripts, literary correspondence, and original art. A small portion of our inventory can be seen on our website at www.raresf.com, a larger portion at our store at 720 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401-2602. (Regrettably our warehouse is not open to the public.)
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POPE, GUSTAVUS W.
Journey to Mars. The Wonderful World: Its Beauty and Splendor; Its Mighty Races and Kingdoms; Its Final Doom
G. W. Dillingham, Publisher, Successor to G. W. Carleton & Co., New York. 1894. First edition, gray binding state (no known priority). Two leaves (pages 287–290) in (a perfect) facsimile otherwise near fine (consistent with age). Predates Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars novels but contains many of the same elements. A flight to Mars (this time in a spacecraft); the use of swords and advanced scientific weaponry; an advanced but dying civilization.
Last updated 03.20.2015