UNDERGROUND CITY; OR, THE CHILD OF THE CAVERNS ... Translated by W. H. G. Kingston. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi [vii] viii-ix [x] xi [xii]  2-246 [247-248: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], 42 full-page illustrations and title page vignette by J. Ferat, original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel ruled in blind, gray coated endpapers. First U.S. hardcover edition. A translation of LES INDES-NOIRES (1877). The first edition in English was a pirated edition, titled THE BLACK INDIES, published by George Munro in paper wrappers near the end of May 1877 as part of his "Seaside Library" series. The British edition, titled THE CHILD OF THE CAVERN; OR, STRANGE DOINGS UNDERGROUND, was published in a fully illustrated hardcover edition in October 1877. This first American hardcover edition was published by Porter & Coates in October 1883. The Sampson Low and Porter & Coates editions both use the translation by W. H. G. Kingston. A miner and his family who have spent ten years 1500 feet under the surface of Stirlingshire, Scotland discover a vast underground cavern. An underground city is built on the shore of a lake in the coal-rich cavern to house mine workers. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 20. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 89. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Myers 10. Taves and Michaluk V017. Early owner's signature on recto of first blank. Cloth very lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, rubbed along bottom edges, two tiny spots to front cover near bottom edge, a nearly fine copy with bright cover stamping and tight inner hinges. A superior copy of this book. (#111984).
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