OUT OF THE SILENCE. Melbourne: Edward A. Vidler, 1925. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-318 [319: printer's imprint] [320: blank], original medium blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark blue. First edition. 2000 copies printed. Lost race novel, originally serialized in Melbourne's ARGUS in 1919, in which a member of an ancient and highly advanced civilization is discovered in Australia in a state of suspended animation and restored to consciousness. "Derivative in idea from H. Rider Haggard's WHEN THE WORLD SHOOK, but highly original in presentation ... A classic ..." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 491. "One of the finest science fiction novels to emerge from Australia ..." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 60. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-14 and (1995) 2-27. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 201. In 333. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 177. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 299. Blackford, et al., p. 224. Larnach, Materials Towards a Checklist of Australian Fantasy to 1937 (1950), p. 10. Stone, p. 43. Bleiler (1978), p. 51. Reginald 03503. Slight spine lean, touch of sunning to spine panel, a nearly fine copy. A lovely copy of an elusive, important book rarely found in nice condition. (#165802).
"First Impression (2,000 copies) - October, 1925" on page .