A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888. 12mo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii  2-291 [292: blank] [293-296: ads] [note: binder's leaves precede half title leaf and follow page (296)], nineteen inserted plates with illustrations by Gilbert Gaul, original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in gold and silver, spine panel stamped in gold, silver, and brown. First edition. A manuscript leads to the discovery of a lost race in the south polar region in this novel by a Canadian writer. Inspired in part by Poe's NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM. "... a yarn of strange adventure constructed upon various scientific theories, especially the theory of evolution." - Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 65. "A very striking exercise in imaginary anthropology, it is the outstanding example of the lost race subgenre." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-41. "One of the better early lost-race stories, written with some thought and care." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 562. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-58; (1981) 1-56; (1987) 1-28; (1995) 1-28; and (2004) II-310. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 43. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 239. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 51. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 14. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 272. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 186. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 59. Reginald 04110. Light wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a tight, very good copy. (#165238).
No statement of printing on copyright page. First printing is dated 1888 on recto of title leaf; reprints drop the date.