THE GODDESS OF ATVATABAR: BEING THE HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE INTERIOR WORLD AND CONQUEST OF ATVATABAR. New York: J. F. Douthitt, 1892. Large octavo, pp. [1-5] 6  8  10-318 [319: blank] [320: ad], flyleaves at front and rear, frontispiece, 45 illustrations by C. Durand Chapman and others, original bevel-edged green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First edition, first binding. "A bizarre, often grotesque, fairy tale of science ..." - Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 66. An ambitious lost race novel based on Symmes' theory of concentric spheres. Among the more lavish nineteenth century American SF novels, but perhaps of most interest for its introduction by Julian Hawthorne that "denounces Zola and the literary naturalists, predicting that the future of literature lies with such romances as Bradshaw's." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-14. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 3-15. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-21. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 270. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 255. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 091. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel B44. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 39. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 192. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 93. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 147. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 29. Reginald 01810. Wright (III) 648. Bookplate of fantastic fiction collector Bill Hopkins affixed to the front paste-down. Spine ends and corner tips worn, damp spots on front cover, cloth soiled, a good copy with tight inner hinges. (#168539).
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