THE VANISHED EMPIRE: A TALE OF THE MOUND BUILDERS. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company, 1904. Octavo, pp. [1-2] i [ii] iii-v [vi] vii 8-180 [181: ads] [182-184: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], inserted frontispiece, other illustrations, maps and plans in the text, original pictorial olive-green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel ruled in blind. First edition. A utopian pseudo-historical romance about the Mound Builders, prehistoric sun-worshipping Native American cultures that flourished in the upper Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio river valleys before contact with European explorers and conquistadors. Includes a historical appendix, pp. 155-180. "An outstanding tale of the Mound Builders." - Teitler Lost Race Collection, p. 70. The narrative "is largely concerned with the customs, traditions, architecture and religion of the prehistoric peoples of the Ohio valley." - Teitler and Locke 365. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 269. Bleiler (1978), p. 65. Reginald 04598. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 D-638. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, mild bump to lower rear fore-edge corner, a bright, very good copy. A nice copy of a scarce book. (#164398).
"PUBLISHED, APRIL, 1904" on copyright page.