THE QUEEN OF APPALACHIA. London, New York, Montreal: The Abbey Press Publishers, [1901]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-245 [246-248: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author), title page printed in red and black, original red cloth, front panel printed in olive-green and white, spine panel stamped in white, all edges untrimmed. First edition. A complex and eccentric novel -- a "lost race" of pioneers, trapped in caverns generations ago, develop advanced science, and elect a Queen for life. "The hero is a queer genius. We venture to say there is no book exactly like this on the planet" - Abbey trade catalogue. "A romantic novel, includes the isolated underground country "Appalachia", peopled by the descendants of early American pioneers." - Teitler. "Mostly adventure. Eutopia is an Arcadian monarchy combined with advanced technology." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 124. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 244. Costes and Altairac 308. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 B-753. Scattered foxing to upper and fore-edge margins, mostly to first half of the book, rear endpapers foxed, some staining to text, most noticeably on pages 64/65, 100/101, and 156/157, latter from an acidic piece of paper used as a book mark long since removed, two leaves have shallow folds in upper fore-edge margins which resulted in foxing to adjacent leaves, all this due to poor storage conditions and years of neglect, mild cracks to several gatherings, this a manufacturing problem, not abuse, a good copy that presents well externally. Stuart Teitler's copy from his collection of lost race fiction. This very scarce book was one of Stuart's major lacunae for many years. OCLC reports 5 copies, four in America, including Duke University, one in the British Library. OSU has one too. DLC does not have a copy. (#151774).

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