[Autograph of Bracebridge Hemyng, Dime Novelist, Speculative Fiction Author].
Autograph inscription by Bracebridge Hemyng (1841–1901), British barrister and author, best known in the United States for the “Jack Harkaway” series of dime novels. Hemyng wrote many other dime novels and other works of science or speculative fiction. The inscription reads in full: “20 July 5 Bracebridge Hemyng with Comps. to Mrs. A.W. Eastlake.” A later pencil annotation reads “(‘Jack Harkaway’).” From the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: “His sf novel, The Commune in London, or Thirty Years Hence: A Chapter of Anticipated History...is an anti-Communard version of the 1871 uprising in Paris as translated into a UK already deeply anxious about threatened upheavals and Invasions… The fit between the Jules Verne character and the Captain Nemo, in The Scapegrace at Sea; Or, the Adventures of Dick Lightheart: His Adventures on the Sea, Under the Sea, On the Earth, and in the Centre of the Earth...is so tight that Jess Nevins, describing the tale in his The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (2005), calls it plagiarism. The Spirit World...contains mostly supernatural tales.”¹
Description: [Autograph of Bracebridge Hemyng, Dime Novelist, Speculative Fiction Author].
New York, July 20, 1895. p. Signed Holograph Inscription. Approx. 7¼ x 6 inches. Partly printed leaf of hotel stationery tipped onto a backing sheet. With later, brief pencil annotation. Folds; lower corners creased and a few short closed tears in right margin; tone lines on left and right; glue remnants on verso and small piece of paper tipped-on along bottom edge; signature clean.
Note. 1. Authors : Hemyng, Bracebridge : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia accessed online.