Dashed Against the Rock: A Romance of the Coming Age. W. J. Colville, William Wilberforce Juvenal Colville.
Dashed Against the Rock: A Romance of the Coming Age

Dashed Against the Rock: A Romance of the Coming Age

Boston: Colby & Rich, 1894. First edition. 8vo, 310 pp, bound in blue cloth. no dust jacket. With a contrmporary "Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co." distributor's sticker to title page, and bookstore ticket from Samuel Weiser's E. 24th street location to fep.

Uncommon work of utopian occult fiction, with a section on Mars making it of interest to scholars of 19th century science fiction. Part of the narrative involves descriptions of the Chicago World's Fair. The itinerant Colville was one of the more elusive characters of the late 19th century occult milieu, beginning with an apprenticeship to the spiritualist Cora Lodencia Veronica Richmond at the age of 14. Colville was widely reported to be an unusual and animated speaker from an early age, and in an article in Volume 18 of The Light termed himself "The Kitten Orator."

Cloth well-rubbed, and binding cracked at the title page. A worn, about very good example. Item #27890