THE GODDESS OF ATVATABAR: BEING THE HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE INTERIOR WORLD AND CONQUEST OF ATVATABAR. New York: J. F. Douthitt, 1892. Large octavo, pp. [1-5] 6 [7] 8 [9] 10-318 [319: blank] [320: ad], flyleaves at front and rear, frontispiece, 45 illustrations by C. Durand Chapman and others, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in red, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, presumed second binding. "A bizarre, often grotesque, fairy tale of science ..." - Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 66. An ambitious lost race novel based on Symmes' theory of concentric spheres. Among the more lavish nineteenth century American SF novels, but perhaps of most interest for its introduction by Julian Hawthorne that "denounces Zola and the literary naturalists, predicting that the future of literature lies with such romances as Bradshaw's." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-14. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-21. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 270. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 255. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 091. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 39. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 93. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 29. Reginald 01810. Wright (III) 648. Previous owner's name in ink on front flyleaf. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, spine panel a bit age-darkened, inner rear hinge partially cracked, but a sound, very good, better than average copy. (#156114).

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