THE FOUNTAIN OF ARETHUSA ... In Two Volumes. London: Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, Paternoster-Row, 1848. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [1-2] [i-iii] iv-v [vi] [1-3] 4-287 [288: printer's imprint]; [1-4] [1-3] 4-292 [293] [294: printer's imprint], half title leaves present, nineteenth-century full polished calf. First edition. Inner world novel by the younger brother of Walter Savage Landor. "A group of potholers follow an underground river from Derbyshire until they emerge on the inner surface of the hollow Earth. The inner world is illuminated by its own small sun, lush and strange but edible vegetation is plentiful, and scattered about are fine cities peopled by the spirits, in corporeal form, of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The bulk of the book that follows consists of dialogues between the travelers and such philosophers as Aristotle and Cicero," - Locke, who adds, "the book certainly ranks as one of my most exciting finds." Costes and Altairac, Les Terres Creuses 83. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 132. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 132. Rebacked with original spine panels laid down, a sound, good copy. (#153410).

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