New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, 1898. Early, if not first, printing of this edition. Series advert to rear cover lists through #173 of the series. 14,  pp. Text triple column. Adverts last 2-1/2 pages. Large wood engraved image to front wrapper. 11-5/8" x 8-1/2". Printed paper wrappers, stapled. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Spine roll. Age toning & browning to paper, with minor edge chipping. An About VG copy. Item #49148
An early tale from this popular series, which began in 1876 [cf. Dime Novel Companion, p. 220-221]. Some speculate Frank Reade was an inspiration for the coming Tom Swift series [ca 1910], as each protaginist is quite the inventor of futuristic devices, which, in turn, give rise to fantastic adventures.