THE BOOK OF ALGOONAH. BEING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE HISTORY OF THE EARLY PEOPLE OF THE CONTINENT OF AMERICA, KNOWN AS MOUND BUILDERS. St. Louis, Mo. Little & Becker, Printers, 1884. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-5] 6-353 [354-356: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, orange floral patterned endpapers. First edition. Lost race novel that describes the migration of a prehistoric people from their homeland on the Phoenician coast to China. The Chinese king gives the wanderers the Japanese islands where they learn shipbuilding and navigation. About 2,000 B.C. these people send an expedition to the Pacific coast of North America, cross the continent, and establish a great city on the present-day site of St. Louis (later settlements are made in Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Florida). A copy of this book in the Henry E. Huntington Library indicates that the author was J. M. Hanks of Florence, Colorado. The book was printed in St. Louis for the publisher Cyrus F. Newcomb & Company of Del Norte, Colorado. Curiously, the book is dated 1884 on the recto of the title leaf, but is copyright 1875 on the verso. No earlier edition of the book is known but the work may have been published earlier in a newspaper. This copy has an inscription by Newcomb dated 1895 to a Mrs. Colton. In addition, Newcomb has supplied a full-page list of the present names of the ancient provinces on a blank recto of the last leaf of text. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 593. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 28. Bleiler (1978), p. 6. Reginald 10642. Wright (III) 598. Cloth lightly worn at edges, hairline crack along inner front hinge which is still holding tight, a very good copy. A scarce book. (#150831).
No statement of printing on copyright page.