The Diamond Lens and Other Stories
New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1932. Introduction by Gilbert Seldes. Illustrations by Ferdinand Huszti Horvath. 275 pages. One of 750 copies. O'Brien, a native of Ireland who died in 1862 of wounds received in the American Civil War, wrote a number of short stories with what are now science-fiction themes, including the title story of this collection, about a man who discovers a beautiful woman, visible only under a microscope. Also included here is What Was It?, an early example of invisibility in fiction; The Wondersmith, in which machines rebel. O'Brien's work was published in magazines during his lifetime and in book form, for the first time, in 1881. This is a nice illustrated edition from the early 20th century. ISBN: B000OKCXWY.
A near fine hardcover copy in a very good dust jacket. The spine label appears to be slightly acidic and has caused the jacket to crack; now reinforced (and thus protected) with Japanese tissue on the jacket verso (back).