THE HIDDEN KINGDOM. [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia]: Published by N. Wentworth-Evans, . Octavo, pp. [i-ix] xii [xiii-xiv] xv [xvi] xvii [xviii] xix [xx] xxi [xxii-xxiv] 1-141 [142-144: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], two maps in the text, original brown cloth (in imitation of crocodile hide), front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Utopian lost race novel. A doctor is kidnaped and taken to "Ordsborough," a thriving hidden utopian community on a plateau in northwest Australia ruled by Colonel Ord. A "notable ... thriller ... [which] provides a crisp updating the hidden world motif of the earlier romances ... The book is weakened, as usual, by the exigencies of love interest." - Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, pp. 53; 225. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 56. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1978), p. 92. Reginald 06722. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 2. Not in Larnach. Upper spine end worn, a very good copy. Bookplate and ownership stamp of Donald A. Wollheim on free endpapers. (#152382).
"First published, 1932" on copyright page.