ANDREE AT THE NORTH POLE WITH DETAILS OF HIS FATE by Leon Lewis [pseudonym]. New York: G. W. Dillingham Co., Publishers, 1899. Octavo, pp. [5-6] 7-279 [280: blank] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated 1899 inserted at rear, four inserted plates with illustrations from photographs, several drawings in the text, original pictorial white cloth, front panel stamped in brown and black, and spine panel stamped in black, t.e.g. First edition, probable first binding. The more elaborate binding with illustration on front cover with Andree's face on a balloon and a polar bear on an ice flow. The book was also issued in paper wrappers. Andree's expedition departs by balloon from Dane's Island in 1897 and, after a series of aerial adventures, the explorers arrive in the Kingdom of Polaris, an unknown land near the North Pole inhabited by a white race which is scientifically ahead of the outside world. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1338. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 506. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narrative of Travel L37. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Teitler 756. Bleiler (1978), p. 123. Reginald 09029. Not in Wright. Cloth dusty, inner hinges repaired, a sound, good copy. Bookplate of fantastic fiction collector William Harry Hopkins affixed to the front paste-down (Hopkins also owned a copy in the secondary binding). This is the Teitler-Ruyle copy (Ruyle also had a copy in the secondary binding). An uncommon book. (#151929).
No statement of printing.