A bequest from one of British science fiction’s most respected book dealers has secured a rare and important work for the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, one of the world’s most important research collections of science fiction and related literatures.
The Collection, owned by the Science Fiction Foundation and administered by the University of Liverpool Library’s Special Collections and Archives division, recently obtained a rare copy of Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905), the best-known work by British writer Edwin L. Arnold (1857-1935). This book was purchased with the help of a bequest to the Science Fiction Foundation from Ken Slater, who until his death in 2008 ran the book and magazine service Fantast/Medway.
An interplanetary romance in which the hero travels to Mars to rescue a princess and engage in swashbuckling adventures, Lieut. Gullivar Jones sold poorly on its initial publication. Since 1964, however, it has grown in reputation since the parallels between it and the best-selling