ORIGIN. Boston: The Eastern Publishing Company, 1900. Octavo, pp. [i-ii] iii-vi 7-339 [340-344: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], five inserted plates with illustrations by C. I. Marston and Ray G. Bullock, original decorated gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. First edition. A prehistoric lost race fantasy set in the Western hemisphere after the Biblical deluge where a fair skinned, blond-haired race of gigantic size evolves from the seeds of the raven and dove sent out from the Ark by Noah. Evil appears in the Eden-like land when Ceiron kills Hoos, his brother, in a fit of jealous anger. Ultimately, his crime is discovered by a son of his brother and he is cast out by his clan and lives alone in the forest. With death approaching (from old age) Ceiron is turned to the dark side by Satan and upon his death becomes an evil spirit who roams the land of the living and has the power to influence their actions. An underrated work of considerable imagination. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 44. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 477. Reginald 08401. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Wright (III) 3184. Cloth worn at edges, rear cover spotted, inner front hinge cracked, rear endpaper adhered to rear paste-down, an about good copy of a book which is seldom found in nice condition. (#148863).
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