YERMAH THE DORADO. San Francisco: William Doxey At the Sign of the Lark, 1897. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi  2-350 [note: first leaf is a blank], double page map tipped onto first blank, original pictorial white cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g. First edition. 500 copies printed of which this is one of 150 author's copies. Two signed inscriptions by Wait on front free endpaper, one signed Frona Eunice Wait, the other signed Frona Wait Colburn. An occult lost race romance set in an ancient colony of Atlantis located in California. "The author combines reference to Atlantis with a portrait of pre-Columbian America, in which the highly civilized tribes worship a god whose principles are those of Christianity. The novel becomes a hodgepodge of mysticism, with references to astrology, Gnosticism, various of the Oriental religions, and Theosophy. Yermah comes among the people as a teacher. Both Yermah and the tribes are Aryan." - Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 170. "Highly imaginative story ... Much action, well-developed plot and considerable invention." - Stuart A. Teitler, Eureka! (Kaleidoscope Books 1975), catalogue 29, #446. "An enlightened colony from Atlantis existing in the distant past of the present site of San Francisco. Much action, a well-developed plot and considerable wealth of imaginative invention." - Leon Gammell. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2274. Eichner, Atlantean Chronicles, p. 193. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 201. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1978), p. 201. Reginald 03157. Wright (III) 1138. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 511. Harlan 43. Several rubber stamps of the California State Library on the front free endpaper and preliminary leaves, as well as one on the bottom edge of the text block. Some soiling and light foxing to cloth, mostly rear panel, a very good copy -- better than average for copies in this binding. (#148077).
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