THE NAMPA IMAGE, A FEARLESS ATTEMPT TO ACCOUNT FOR A STRANGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WHEREIN MUCH STARTLING BUT RELIABLE INFORMATION OF PREHISTORIC TIMES IS IMPARTED. N.p., n.d. [1890?]. Octavo, pp. [1-9] 10-56, four illustrations, original light blue wrappers printed in black, sewn. First edition. The July 1889 find in Nampa, Idaho, of a small human figure during a well-drilling operation caused intense scientific controversy during the late nineteenth century. Unmistakably made by human hands, it was found at a depth of 320 feet, which would appear to place its age far before the expected arrival of man in this part of North America. The anonymous author's satire on the find (pages -35 of this booklet) presents a solution to this mystery, a tale of an antediluvian civilization in Idaho and the cataclysmic destruction of its principal city, Megistosthenople, by earthquake or volcanic eruptions. Wrappers chipped at edges, two clear tape reinforcements to spine, a very good copy that is internally clean and fine. Rare. We know of two others, the copy in the Stuart Teitler collection of lost race fiction (now at Ohio State University) and a copy at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. (#151098).
"EDITION DE LUXE" on title leaf verso.