THE BLIND MEN AND THE DEVIL. Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers ... New York: Charles T. Dillingham, 1891. Octavo, pp. [3-7] 8-219 [220: blank] [221-226: ads] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], flyleaves at front and rear, original blue cloth, front and spine panel stamped in gold, cream endpapers. First edition. The book is dated 1891 on title page, but is copyright 1890 and dated 1890 on front wrapper. This book was issued in paper wrappers as "Good Company Series," No. 1 (August 1890) and in cloth, this being one of the latter. An imaginative, if sometimes awkward, story about a man who winds up in a vast interior world whose entire economy revolves around the crushing of rocks. The story has a somewhat tired moral (money is the root of all evil, blindly sought after by people in degrading circumstances), but is enlivened along the way by many touches of strangeness, and an effectively oppressive air of the dystopian. "A man and his wife, thought to be dead, are thrown into a river and transported into an underground world, where they encounter a blind, subterranean race." - The Stuart Teitler Collection of Lost Race Fiction (2001), p. 101. Reginald 11496. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Wright (III) 2441. Title leaf nearly detached, crease and short tear to rear free endpaper, a very good copy. (#148791).
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