A STRANGE PEOPLE. New York: J. S. Ogilvie, Publisher, 57 Rose Street, New York; 79 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, . Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-312 [314-318: ads], original terra cotta wrappers printed in black. First edition. Issued in paper wrappers as Ogilvie's "Fireside Series," no. 60 (double number, August 1888) for 50¢. A sequel to Batchelor's non-utopian STRANGE CONFLICT. "Campers in Oaxaca, Mexico, discover a secret entrance to a hidden civilization, found to be inhabited by ten-foot tall bronze giants. They have mastered the the energies of mind and matter to the extent that they could create a world of their own if required. They communicate telepathically, and live to an age of about 2000 years. The outsiders are instructed in the powers of these people, and sent forth to bring social reform to the outer world." - Lost-Race Fiction: The Stuart Teitler Collection, p. 13 (this copy). "Hidden race of people who use their minds to control themselves and their environment. Anarchist. No money. Anti-religious." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 78. Not in Lewis, Negley or Roemer (1976). Reginald 00934. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Rear cover and last leaf of publisher's ads missing (former replaced with a rear cover from a Street & Smith book), some restoration to front cover and spine, text block printed on pulpy paper stock, first few and last few leaves somewhat brittle with shallow loss to margins. OCLC reports 2 copies only (DLC and OSU). A rare American utopian novel published seven months after LOOKING BACKWARD, 2000-1887. (#138053).
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