JOHN BULL, UNCLE SAM AND JOHNNY CRAPAUD. Detroit, Mich. William Graham, 1884. pp. [1-5] 6-351 , flyleaves at front and rear, original pictorial green cloth, front cover stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. Fantastic adventure and exotic romance novel set in East Africa where shipwreck victims stumble into the kingdom of Virginia, a secret cooperative colony established by two Americans. This definitely qualifies as imaginary voyages and travel fiction and the colony is utopian. This is not in the fantastic literature bibliographies, but it was known to Stuart Teitler who included this copy in his collection of lost race fiction. It is not, however, lost race fiction, although part of novel concerns the discovery of a remote, mysterious region once occupied by a vanished race. This is a forerunner of the type of fiction that would later culminate in LOST HORIZON. Wright lists another novel by Edwards, but not this one, perhaps believing it to be a boys' book, which it is not. This was a popular novel that was reprinted several times. Cloth rubbed at spine ends, corner tips worn, a few rubs and small spots to cloth, printed on pulp paper, text block a bit shaken, but this is due to the paper stock and method of binding. A far better than average copy with tight hinges and bright cover stamping. OCLC reports 2 copies of this 1884 edition (Michigan State University and Huntington Library). This edition is rare. (#156532).
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