ASTYANAX: AN EPIC ROMANCE OF ILION, ATLANTIS & AMARACA. New York: Broadway Publishing Co., 1907. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [i] ii-v [vi] vii-viii [ix-xii] [7-9] 10-336 [1-3] 4-275 [276: blank] [1-3] 4-286 [i] ii-xii [xiii-xiv] [1-14: blank] [notes: (1) first five and last seven leaves are blanks; (2) pages erratically numbered, text complete despite gap in pagination; (3) dedication, an insert not reckoned in pagination, precedes "preface"], 47 inserted plates with illustrations by William Lincoln Hudson, four inserted folded maps, plus about 40 decorative tailpieces, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, heavy gold and blue patterned endpapers. First edition. A presentation copy with a warm inscription to an old friend signed "The Author," dated 27 March 1907, on the first blank. One of the most lavish products of late nineteenth century American fantasy publishing, worthy to be set alongside Etidorhpa and The Goddess of Atvatabar (though the illustrations in this book are of realistic - if romanticized - scenes). "...one of the most extravagant fictional reconstructions of prehistory. Astyanax, the son of Hector, survives the Trojan War ...[and] leads the remnant of the Trojans first to Egypt briefly and then to Atlantis. He and his people narrowly escape the volcanic destruction of that continent. They then sail westward to Mexico, where he... weds the princess and thus rules a mighty empire." - Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 097. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 24 (noting a copy in red cloth). In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 32. Reginald 01985. Some rubbing and scuffing to cloth, a very good, sound copy. A rather uncommon book rarely found in nice condition. (#170378).

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