THE MYSTERIOUS AMAZONIA (A BRAZILIAN NOVEL). Translated by J. T. W. Sadler. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Livraria-Editora Zelio Valverde, 1944. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-263 [264: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank; first and last leaves pasted to free endpapers as issued], original cream wrappers printed in red and black, all edges untrimmed, map endpapers. First edition in English. First published in Portuguese in 1925, this was the first novel by Gaston Cruls (1888-1959), a Brazilian doctor and author. A slightly mad professor meets tribe of Amazons and semi-lost race of Inca descendants in the jungle. The novel, anchored in mythology and folklore of the Amazon and certainly inspired by H. G. Wells's THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, was the basis for A Werewolf in Amazonia, a 2005 film directed by Ivan Cardoso. Bleiler (1978), p. 53. Reginald 03668. Cheap pulp paper stock age-darkened, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket. Scarce. (#149004).
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