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] + 32-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear; [1-4] [1-3] 4-292  [294: printer's imprint] [295-300: ads], both half title leaves present, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold, yellow coated endpapers, top edges untrimmed, other edges rough trimmed. 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. Spine ends restored, outer joints mended, corner tips bumped, a very good copy. Scarce in the original cloth. (#157150).
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