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BERESFORD, J. D.

The Hampdenshire Wonder.

London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911 Stock Code: 130366
£2,750.00

The original Wunderkind

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First edition, first impression, signed by the author facing the title page. The author's first book and a significant work in early science fiction, Beresford's novel was among the first to include a "Wunderkind", a child prodigy enhanced through scientific meddling. Bleiler considers it to be "the first important novel about a superman, and in many respects still the best" (Bleiler). The work is exceedingly scarce in the dust jacket, and is especially so signed. A blue-cloth binding variant was also produced, with no known priority of issue.

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Description

Octavo. Original dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.

Condition

A near-fine copy in the bright dust jacket, minor chips at extremities, 2 short splits to folds, spine panel toned showing outline of overprice sticker.

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