ACCOUNT OF AN EXPEDITION TO THE INTERIOR OF NEW HOLLAND. Edited by Lady Mary Fox. London: Richard Bentley, 1837. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii  2-243 [244: printer's imprint], flyleaf at rear, original gray boards with floral patterned purple cloth shelf back, printed paper label affixed to spine panel, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Imaginary journey into the Australian interior where an exploring party comes across a group of English-speaking settlers, part of an utopian civilization of three or four million, descended from sixteenth-century colonists and Aborigines, who have been out of contact with the world for 300 years. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 808. Fortunati and Trousson (eds), Dictionary of Literary Utopias, p. 24. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel F18. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 47. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 382. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 44. Bleiler (1978), p. 76. Reginald 05574. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 1. Not in Larnach or Blackford, et al. Touch of wear to spine ends, corner tips lightly worn, purple cloth faded to a nearly uniform brown, a very good copy. Actually, quite a nice copy, complete with the half title leaf, and quite scarce in the publisher's original binding. (#149774).
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