AMONG THE GNOMES: AN OCCULT TALE OF ADVENTURE IN THE UNTERSBERG. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-272, twelve illustrations by S. Hartmann and Sedgwick, original pictorial yellow-green cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black, yellow and red, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, teal green coated endpapers. First edition. A sort of occult lost race novel, written by an associate of Madame Blavatsky and a noted authority at the time on occult matters. A team of modern scientists explore the Untersberg in order to disprove the existence of gnomes and Hartmann's protagonist, separated from the main party, runs smack into them. He teaches them logic, rationality and scientific method, resulting in their loss of natural innocence, war with the fairy realm, and the destruction of their kingdom. Interesting parallels to Twain's Connecticut Yankee. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 765. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 106. Bleiler (1978), p. 95. Reginald 06877. See Bloch (2002) 1385. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, a sound, very good copy with tight inner hinges. (#167323).
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