UNDER PIKE'S PEAK; OR, MAHALMA, CHILD OF THE FIRE FATHER. Charles L. McKesson.

UNDER PIKE'S PEAK; OR, MAHALMA, CHILD OF THE FIRE FATHER. London, New York: F. Tennyson Neely, Publisher, [1898]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-5] 6-302 [303-416: ads], seven inserted plates (photographic views of the Pike's Peak region), original pictorial white wrappers printed in black. First edition. Issued by Neely in cloth and paper bindings, this being one of the latter, issued as "Neely's Continental Library," number 8, April 18, 1898. "A man stumbles upon the subterranean domain of the 'Azonians.' His captors are dwarfed folk with oversized skulls and telepathic ability. Mahalma is the last of her race, a beautiful woman of normal size." - The Stuart Teitler Collection of Lost Race Fiction, p. 149. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1414. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 545. Teitler and Locke (2013) 803. Bleiler (1978), p. 130. Reginald 09937. Wrappers dusty (as might be expected), some rubbing and light wear along outer joints, tiny chip from outer surface at bottom edge of front cover, a very good copy. A very scarce book; paperbound copies are rare. (#153367).

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