THE TEMPLE OF FIRE OR THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND: A ROMANCE OF THE SOUTHERN SEAS. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1905. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-ix [x] xi [xii] 1-332 [333: blank] [334-340: ads], six (should be eight) inserted plates with illustrations by Vincent S. Daniel, original bevel-edged pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in black, white and gold, spine panel stamped in black and gold, t.e.g., white endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First edition. "Boys' lost race adventure novel set in the Pacific which introduces an amphibious race with webbed feet." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 23. Bleiler (1978), p. 11. Reginald 00630. Cloth worn at extremities, several splits along outer joints, inner hinges cracked, lacks frontispiece and plate facing page 136, a rough copy. Considered by many to be the author's rarest book. This copy appears to be the one offered for sale in 1975 in Stuart Teitler's "Eureka!" catalogue. (#151548).
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