The Wonderful Electric Elephant

The Wonderful Electric Elephant

By: Montgomery, Frances Trego

Price: $200.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


Reprint, full blue cloth with stamped black titles and elephant head on front board with gilt zig-zags coming from the trunk, 8vo, 253 pages, profuse with black and white illustrations by C. M. Coolidge; boards worn at extremities with some mild soiling, fraying at spine ends and bottom corners, previous owner's bookplate in front paste-down. Probably best remembered as the author of the Billy Whiskers books, Frances Trego Montgomery wrote two science fiction novels for children: The Wonderful Electric Elephant, and its sequel, On a Lark to the Planets. Both concern a young man named Harold who encounters an elephant in the Grand Canyon. He shoots the elephant only to discover it is actually electric and powered by a mysterious old man, who dies and wills the elephant to Harold. What follows are wild and imaginative adventures involving flying and underwater travel, all of which would be considered whimsical today were it not for the gross and overt racism. Harold spends a great deal of time killing Native Americans, partly to avenge his girlfriend, Ione, and often apparently for his own amusement. The books are long out of print, but they are some of the earliest works of science fiction for children and have become scarce. The book was illustrated by Cassius Coolidge, who is best known for his paintings of dogs playing poker.

Title: The Wonderful Electric Elephant

Author Name: Montgomery, Frances Trego

Categories: Children's Literature,

Publisher: Akron, OH, Saalfield: 1907

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 001193

Keywords: SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY STEAMPUNK CHILDRENS LITERATURE BILLY WHISKERS AUTHOR DECORATIVE PUBLISHERS BINDING RACIST