THE RIVER OF DARKNESS OR UNDER AFRICA. Chicago: Thompson & Thomas, . Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-296 [note: first leaf is a blank], three inserted plates with illustrations by an uncredited artist, original pictorial gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and white. First edition. Boys' fantastic adventure novel set in Africa. With the aid of a modern Greek, British soldiers escape their Arab captors and embark on a perilous 800-mile journey on a subterranean river where they narrowly avoid many near death experiences, including several encounters with giant water snakes. This is not lost race fiction; it is a series of formula dime novel adventures largely set underground rather than earth's surface (the origin of the fantastic giant snakes is not addressed in the narrative). Reginald 06274. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). A clean, very good copy. (#149633).
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