THE QUEEN OF ECUADOR: A NOVEL. New York: The H. W. Hagemann Publishing Company, 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4 [5] 6-331 [332: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, six inserted plates with illustrations by R. T. Sperry, original brown cloth, front panel stamped in red, spine panel stamped in gold, floral endpapers. First edition. Issued in both non pictorial pink paper wrappers and cloth, this being one of the latter. "Largely a weird novel dealing with a mad doctor who carries out heinous crimes with the poisons of vipers and other snakes. The story is also a mystery, the key to which lies in sensational occurrences in Ecuador some 25 years earlier. The 'Queen' poses as a nurse in order to get secrets in the doctor's possession. It is revealed during the course of the story that there exists a certain lost nation of Indians, who fled with great treasure hoards to the interior of Ecuador during the time of the Spanish conquest." - Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 815. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 531. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 150 and A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 146. Bleiler (1978), p. 132. Reginald 09628. Hubin (1994), p. 547. Wright (III) 3595. A fine copy. A lovely copy of a scarce book. (#165160).

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