UNDER THE AURORAS : A MARVELLOUS [sic] TALE OF THE INTERIOR WORLD. With Illustrations ... By an American Author, Playwright, and Journalist [pseudonym]. New York: Excelsior Publishing House, 29 & 31 Beekman Street, . Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-376, eight illustrations, nineteenth-century three-quarter leather and marbled boards, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold. First edition. Published anonymously in paper wrappers at 50¢. A science fiction novel featuring an inner world of the Symmes variety. A journey by airship "thru Symmes' famous aperture to a weirdly beautiful country on the earth's inner surface. This is a world of perpetual sunshine and queer atmospheric phenomena. Cresten and her sister have ruled the Toltus for more than 1000 years. The two women are of Nordic ancestry however, the Toltus are a hirsute aboriginal race. Scenes of combat, travels, super-science and the supernatural in this world of giant sub-men, a lilliputian civilization, and the remains of titanic cities left by antediluvian people. Contains a provocative cosmology that all earthly life springs spontaneously from a 'pool of eternal life.' A rare and obscure book, not cited in any fantasy checklist, yet it contains a fecundity of imaginative and inventive ideas, placing it among the dozen best examples of American science fiction in the nineteenth century" - Teitler, Eureka! (catalogue 29, December 1975) 409 (offering a rebound copy of the later issue). Reissued (first printing sheets with cancel title leaf) by Exelsior in 1892, also in paper wrappers, as CRESTEN, QUEEN OF THE TOLTUS; OR, UNDER THE AURORAS, designated the "third edition." Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 685. Costes and Altairac 180. Teitler 1108. Wright (III) 4886. Rebound without the original wrappers. A clean, very good copy. A rare book. Stuart Teitler's copy from his collection of lost race fiction. This book was one of Stuart's major lacunae for many years and he never found a copy in the original wrappers. Bound with two other contemporary works: THE CRUISE OF THE MIDGE by Michael Scott (London: Frederick Warne and Co., n.d. [circa 1877]), a reprint, and A TWO YEARS' VACATION ... by Jules Verne (New York: George Munro, Publisher, n.d. ), the first U.S. edition of DEUX ANS DE VACANCES, issued as Munro's "The Seaside Library, Pocket Edition," number 1157 at 20¢, text paper of the last somewhat age-darkened. (#151773).
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