THE KE WHONKUS PEOPLE. [Indianapolis, Ind: Vincent Publishing Company, 1893.]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4  6-426, original decorated brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold. First edition. The title leaf bears a printed copyright notice dated "September 29, 1890." The following leaf, headed "A Story of the North Pole Country," the novel's subtitle, bears the publisher's imprint and a 1893 publication date. The DLC copy was deposited 17 August 1893. Science fiction novel of the discovery of an ancient utopian civilization inhabiting the north polar region. There are a number of imaginative incidents, including a description of a novel method of execution of those who do not follow the prescribed religion: the victims are carried off by flying vampire-dragons to vast underground caverns where their blood is slowly drained. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 921. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 358. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 523. Not in Lewis, Kopp, Negley, or Roemer. Bleiler (1978), p. 86. Reginald 06318. Wright (III) 2262. Bookplate of noted collector Stuart A. Teitler affixed to front paste-down. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, inner front hinge repaired, a very good copy. A scarce book. (#109584).
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