THE LAST LEMURIAN: A WESTRALIAN ROMANCE. London: James Bowden, [1898]. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii [1] 2-339 [340: blank] + 16 page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, three inserted plates with illustrations by Stanley L. Wood, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in white, black, red and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. "Adventure story set in Western Australia of the discovery of pigmy subhuman people ruled over by Tor Ymmothe, the last Lemurian." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 191. "Exuberant, somewhat ludicrous semi-juvenile adventure romance ... Motifs include a lost race of Lemurians who live around an extinct volcano; a bunyip -- a monster with a human head, crocodile body, and assorted appendages; a sleeping beauty who awakens but later crumbles into dust; a curse laid on the land by a mistreated missionary; semi-vampirism and bondage; alchemical gold; and a ghost." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1450. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1982. Eichner, Atlantean Chronicles, p. 202. Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, p. 228. Larnach, Materials Towards a Checklist of Australian Fantasy to 1937 (1950), p. 20. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 3. Bleiler (1978), p. 176. Reginald 12823. Slight spine lean, cloth lightly rubbed at edges, corner tips just a little soft, else a fine, bright copy. (#135684).

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