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. 1925 Christmas gift inscription on the title page. Some spotting and patchy fade to cloth, cloth rubbed at edges, front free endpaper neatly excised, first leaf and rear free endpaper foxed, still a good, sound copy of a very elusive, important book rarely found in nice condition. (#170241)).
"First Impression (2,000 copies) - October, 1925" on page .