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FAWCETT, EDGAR. - Solarion. A romance.

in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, September 1889. Largish octavo publisher's printed wrappers (some neat repairs); frontispiece portrait, title page and pp297-369 along with the rest of the issue and advertisements at each end. The wrappers a bit chipped, the contents fresh and bright. ¶ Only edition of this sci-fi thriller, published as No.261 of Lippincott's Complete Novels, until recent digitally generated printings. Lippincott included a title page and frontispiece so that this could be bound on its own. Lippincott did experiment with separate issues of titles in wrappers and anthologies of a handful of titles based around one winner, like Oscar Wilde, Conan Doyle or Kipling, but I can't find any evidence that Solarion ever re-appeared separately or together with others. Fawcett's short novel is a freakish parable that owes much to Frankenstein - about reckless science that does not pervert the human mind and soul but in a way surpasses it. The consequences are still dire of course. The created monster here is Solarion, a dog who is smarter and ethically more developed than his creator. Things go bad when they both end up in love with the same woman. The dog is smarter but not all that smart.
AUD 600.00 [Appr.: EURO 425.75 US$ 459.72 | £UK 367.75 | JP¥ 51126] Book number 10179

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