CAPTAIN KIDDLE. New York: John B. Alden, Publisher, 1889. Octavo, pp. [5-9] 10-306 [307-310: blank] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination; last two leaves are blanks], original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red and silver. First edition. A fantastic lost race adventure story which appears to be a parody of nautical tall tales, dime novel adventure fiction, and Arctic exploration narratives. Captain Kiddle and his crew (which includes a Mexican, a Black American, a native American, a Jew, a Mongolian cook and others) are shipwrecked in the Arctic region and make land on a temperate island in an open sea where they are enslaved by seven-foot tall natives. Also present on the island are enslaved members a race of people who lived in the region long before the "creation of man." Includes a 200-foot long sea serpent that occasionally ventures out of sea and chases the natives, a fountain of youth which rejuvenates limbs put into it, a pool which petrifies flesh instantly, giant birds of prey with 30-foot wing spans, ruins of a vast uninhabited city of great antiquity at the north pole, and more. "Sinbad-like adventures" according to Wright; "of no interest" according to Bleiler. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 781. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 300. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume III, p. 33. Bleiler (1978), p. 74. Reginald 05473. Wright (III) 1897. Early owner's name and address on front free endpaper. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, partial hairline split to inner front hinge which is still holding tight, a very good copy. A scarce book. (#147973).
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