LOST IN THE MAMMOTH CAVE. New York: Broadway Publishing Company, [1905]. Octavo, pp. [i-ii] iii [iv-v] vi-vii [viii-xii] [1] 2-315 [316: blank] [317-318: ads], two inserted plates with illustrations by Sydney K. Hartman, original decorated red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition. Archeological fantasy and imaginary voyage in the vein of Verne's JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, but lacking any of that classic's scientific verisimilitude. In 1859 a tourist party exploring Mammoth Cave becomes lost and wanders underground for months before finding a passage to the surface hundreds of miles from their starting point. During their journey they find relics of race of fire-worshippers they speculate was descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. This is an amateurish, very dull adventure novel involving kidnapping, a band of robbers, Indians, sappy romance, racism, improbable encounters, etc. A rare but disappointing novel that even a vanity publisher should have been ashamed to publish. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 G-570. Teitler and Locke (2013) 534 ("marginal"). Bookplate of Stuart Teitler affixed to the front paste-down. Spine panel just a bit rubbed with mild loss to white enamel stamping, several pages roughly opened with shallow loss to fore-edges, still a nearly fine copy with delicate enamel stamping largely intact. (#156579).

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