THE TEMPLE OF FIRE OR THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND: A ROMANCE OF THE SOUTHERN SEAS. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1905. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-ix [x] xi [xii] 1-332 [333: blank] [334-340: ads], eight inserted plates with illustrations by Vincent S. Daniel, original bevel-edged pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in black, white and gold, spine panel stamped in black and gold, t.e.g., white endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First edition. "Boys' lost race adventure novel set in the Pacific which introduces an amphibious race with webbed feet." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 23. "Ancient races and strange beasts in an unknown land mass in the South Pacific. One race is human, the other is amphibious with webbed feet. This is the author's lest known fantastic novel, yet among his most imaginative, a civilization of immemorial age having for eons been removed from the world in weed-enclosed lands of the South Pacific. Legends of the Toraylians link them to South America and once a giant continent in the Pacific. Their slaves had long since evolved into web-footed frogmen." - Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 63. Bleiler (1978), p. 11. Reginald 00630. Cloth lightly worn at edges, several stains to rear cover, scattered foxing throughout, a sound, good copy. Considered by many to be the author's rarest book. (#153314).
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