THE REJUVENATION OF MISS SEMAPHORE by Hal Godfrey (Charlotte O’Connor Eccles) First Edition, first printing published in 1897 by Jarrolds & Son, London.
Condition: Vg, Original Illustrated green cloth boards with red and gilt stamped, scrolled titles on white background, small vignette illustration to The upper board depicts elderly and youthful faces swinging from the titles. Boards have retained reasonable colour, corners are rubbed/bumped, tips of the spine are scuffed with a couple of tiny splits to the cloth at the lower tip of the spine, small split to the cloth around the hinge of the upper board and spine. The lower board carries the publisher’s blind-stamped device. The pages are tightly bound, light sporadic foxing and toning throughout. No inscriptions or previous owner’s names.
A reasonable copy of an incredibly scarce title. Listed in both the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and The Supernatural Fiction Database but missed by most genre bibliographies. A Farcical ‘Wellsian’ tale about a woman who upon visiting her Doctor learns that she may be in possession of a ‘Fountain of Youth’ Exilir which she eventually takes and experiences ‘Life in Reverse’ and thereafter experiences numerous strange but oddly familiar adventures, the author credits the story “partly suggested by Dr Heidegger’s Experiment” Which was written in 1837 by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Extremely scarce, in fact the only copy currently out there.