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On a Lark to the Planets by Frances Trego Montgomery. Saalfield Publishing Co. 1915.

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On a Lark to the Planets by Frances Trego Montgomery. Saalfield Publishing Co. 1915. 5 1/2" x 8" 180 page Hardcover with no dust jacket. 7 color plates including the color frontispiece. Bright silver decoration on front cover and spine. Some wear to top and bottom of the spine and cover tips. Light soiling inside front and back covers. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. IE14b

Frances Trego Montgomery "(1858-1925) US author, mostly of books for children, best known for tales about Billy Whiskers, a goat. Her Electric Elephant sequence – The Wonderful Electric Elephant (1903) and On a Lark to the Planets: A Sequel to the "Wonderful Electric Elephant" (1904) – describes in a Dime-Novel manner the Edisonade of a young man who encounters an elephant in the Rockies and immediately tries to kill it, only to discover that it is mechanical, hollow, and contains its inventor (see Invention), who seems to be dying and wills it to him. The elephant turns out to be capable of various forms of Transportation, including Space Flight; it also serves as a heavily armed and armoured flying Mecha, which the protagonist uses to electrocute Native Americans to impress his fiancée. After causing some further disruptions the two marry, and continue to traverse the planet; in the sequel they visit Venus, Mars and the Outer Planets, all described in terms best befitting astrology (see Pseudoscience). The original inventor of the elephant then reappears and takes them on a guided tour of the Milky Way." -