Sunday, September 28, 2008

Book Sale: Fenton Ash’s A Trip to Mars (1909)

As detailed below, a book seller at AbeBooks is peddling a neat first edition of A Trip to Mars (1909). Written by Francis Henry Atkins, Sr., under the pseudonym Fenton Ash, the novel follows two British juveniles on a voyage to Mars, where they encounter the planet’s winged inhabitants.
A Trip to Mars, by Fenton Ash (1909)

Publisher: London, Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers
Publication Date: 1909
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition

Description: Octavo, pp. 318 ... six inserted plates with color illustrations by W. H. C. Groome, original pictorial red cloth, stamped in blue, cream, black and gold, slate coated endpapers. First edition. ... Prize label affixed to verso of frontispiece. Faint staining along fore-edge of rear cover, touch of sunning to spine panel, a very good copy. A bright copy of this very attractive Edwardian juvenile interplanetary novel.

Price: $1,000
Interestingly, according to ERBzine, Edgar Rice Burroughs owned a copy of Fenton Ash’s A Trip to Mars.

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