Sure-Dart: A Story of Strange Hunters and Stranger Game in the Days of Monsters

Costello, Frederick H.

Editorial: A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago, 1909
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Robert Eldridge, Bookseller (Elizabethtown, NY, Estados Unidos de America)

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Costello, Frederick H. Sure-Dart: A Story of Strange Hunters and Stranger Game in the Days of Monsters . Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1909. First edition. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii [ix-xi] xii [13-15] 16-320, five inserted plates with black and white illustrations by Walter J. Enright. Original pictorial light blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in orange, brown and black. Early ownership signature on small piece of paper affixed to front paste-down with faint offsetting to corresponding space on front free endpaper. A fine copy of a rare and quite handsome book. #136. $450. Adventure story about young lads hunting dinosaurs -- an anachronism cheerfully acknowledged by the author in his preface -- in America when Colorado was the site of a huge inland sea. A glossary lists the folk names used for the various species of beasts appearing in the story. Despite its subject, this is generally classed as non-juvenile fiction, thus its presence in Smith (see below) and other bibliographies. The illustrations are superb. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 42. Bleiler (1978), p. 50. Reginald 03469. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 C-830. N° de ref. de la librería 136

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Título: Sure-Dart: A Story of Strange Hunters and ...

Editorial: A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago

Año de publicación: 1909

Encuadernación: Hardback

Ilustrador: Illustrated by Walter J. Enright in black and white on five inserted plates

Condición del libro: Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: First Edition.

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When I began my bookselling business in 1996 I called it "Eldritch Books" because that adjective at least partly covered the type of material I offered (and because its similarity to my own surname seemed so -- eldritch). "Ghost stories" would be another handy, if somewhat reductive, term. Most of it is fiction from the 19th and early 20th century with a strong emphasis on the fantastic. Since the most familiar and relevant genre terms in use today -- "science fiction," "fantasy," "supernatural," "horror" -- were not so much in use when these books were first published, pegging them that way can be anachronistic. But that should give you the general idea. I don't have much in the way of American pulp (either in magazine or specialty press book form) but otherwise my interests range widely from high-brow to middle-brow to low-brow to amateur/eccentric. You're more likely to find rare and obscure works here than high spots. (Or at least they're obscure now, whatever their status was when first published.) In 2001 I went to work for L. W. Currey as cataloguer and general assistant. Since 2014 I've been back working on my own. I have exhibited at convention fairs (such as WFC and Readercon) in the past. I began collecting and studying antiquarian fantasy around 1980. Some of my essays have appeared in genre publications such as NYRSF, Wormwood and F&SF. I tend to carefully research my inventory and write extensive notes. (If another dealer wishes to make use of any of these notes, I'd appreciate the courtesy of putting such excerpts in quotes and giving proper attribution to me. That's what I do when I quote from any of my reference works.) I will be gradually listing my inventory on ABE over the coming years. I hope you find something of interest.

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