A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER. London: Chatto & Windus, 1888. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii  2-291 [292: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated December, 1887" inserted at rear, nineteen inserted plates with illustrations by Gilbert Gaul, original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in brown and green, spine panel stamped in gold, black, and brown, rear panel stamped in green and black, floral patterned endpapers. First British edition. A manuscript leads to the discovery of a lost race in the south polar region in this novel by a Canadian writer. Inspired in part by Poe's NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM. "... a yarn of strange adventure constructed upon various scientific theories, especially the theory of evolution." - Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 65. "A very striking exercise in imaginary anthropology, it is the outstanding example of the lost race subgenre." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-41. "One of the better early lost-race stories, written with some thought and care." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 562. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-58; (1981) 1-56; (1987) 1-28; (1995) 1-28; and (2004) II-310. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 43. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 239. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 51. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 14. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 272. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 186. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 45. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 59. Reginald 04110. Spine lean, cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, label or bookplate removed from the front free endpaper, small abrasion and hole in front free endpaper, a clean, tight, very good copy. (#172901).
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