A FAIR CALIFORNIAN. By Olive Harper [pseudonym]. New York: The Minerva Publishing Company, 1889. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-232 [233-236: ads], original decorated chocolate brown cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold. First edition. Published in both paper covers as number 9 of the "Minerva 50 Cent Series" and in cloth, this being one of the clothbound copies. "An intrepid young woman searches for and rediscovers caverns of gold behind a waterfall in Mexico. Within the caverns she finds an incredible inner world of angelic beings. In some ways a dream-fantasy, very imaginative." - Teitler and Locke (2013) 579. According to Teitler, the story concerns "immortals of very ancient Indian origin at Earth's center, metaphysics, mild feminism, advanced science that remains in the background, and a couple of chapters dealing with materialization on other worlds beyond the Solar System, and a world of apemen and the ruins of an advanced city on yet another planet." D'Apery published at least two other fantasy novels under her "Olive Harper" pen name, THE SHOW GIRL (1902) and THE SOCIABLE GHOST (1903). Not in Costes and Altairac. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in Locke, Spectrum I-III. Wright (III) 1396. The text is printed on very pulpy paper which is tanned but not brittle. Mild stains to rear cover, else a very good copy. A rare book, formerly part of the Stuart Teitler collection of lost race fiction. (#152438).
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