WARWICK: OR, THE LOST NATIONALITIES OF AMERICA. A NOVEL. New York: G. W. Carleton, Publisher. London: Low, Son & Co., 1869. 12mo, pp. [1-6] 7-470 1-8: ads, flyleaves at front and rear, original purple decorated cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, pale blue endpapers. First edition. A sensational Gothic romance with alchemy and occult science, detection, mysterious disappearance, impersonation, dastardly deeds, murder (skeletons of killer and victim ultimately found in a hidden room), discovery of artifacts of a forgotten advanced people who inhabited America in antediluvian days and perished in the Biblical Flood, fabulous riches found in the depths of Mammoth Cave (a long fantastic and horrific sequence), and more. A long, complex work; basically the story of two brothers, one an evil heretic who is a student of the occult sciences and comes to a bad end (he is killed while conducting a scientific experiment), the other a virtuous man whose belief in God and triumph over misfortune and poverty is rewarded with love and wealth beyond his wildest dreams (he shares his good fortune with his fellow men; the chapter devoted to his social and economic reforms is marginally utopian). Walworth wrote at least two other novels with fantastic motifs, DELAPLAINE: OR, THE SACRIFICE OF IRENE (1871), a historical fantasy dealing in part with occult and scientific secrets of the Magi, and ZAHARA; OR, A LEAP FOR EMPIRE (1888), the concluding chapters of which concern the discovery of an uninhabited city at the North Pole, once the home of a very advanced people of great antiquity. Walworth's fiction has been overlooked by the bibliographers of fantastic literature, and WARWICK is definitely fantastic, perhaps more so than any of his other novels. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in the Teitler Collection of Lost Race Fiction. Not in Frank. Hubin (1994), p. 838. Wright (II) 2626. Cloth a bit rubbed and lightly spotted, page edges a bit tanned, a very good copy. A scarce book that when found is usually in ratty condition. (#157097).
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