THE LOST WORLD: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE RECENT AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR GEORGE E. CHALLENGER, LORD JOHN ROXTON, PROFESSOR SUMMERLEE, AND MR. E. D. MALONE OF THE "DAILY GAZETTE." London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. . Large octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-vii [viii] 9-319 [320: printer's imprint], thirteen illustrations pasted to light brown mounts tipped in, original pictorial light blue cloth over heavy bevel-edged boards, front and spine panels lettered in gold, dinosaur footprints stamped in blind on front, spine and rear panels, t.e.g., pictorial endpapers. First edition, large paper copy, first issue. 1000 sets of sheets for of the Presentation edition were printed, but only 190 copies of this first issue were produced. The remainder were bound later, most issued in 1914 in brown cloth, others distributed sometime later. The first Professor Challenger story, in which the scientist and his exploring party locate a remnant of the prehistoric world on a plateau in South America. Challenger's narrative "remains the most famous of its type and has served as a model since its publication." - Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-63. "... written as pure entertainment, and as such it is a huge success. It stands at the very end of an era of great adventure stories, and it is the equal of anything else in its genre." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1270-73. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-67; (1981) 1-63; (1987) 1-31; (1995) 1-31; and (2004) II-354. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 43. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 612. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 27. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 264. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 71. In 333. Bleiler (1987), p. 63. Reginald 04496. Green and Gibson A37c. Private owner's bookplate affixed to recto of front free endpaper. Spine panel just a bit faded, 14 mm closed tear in cloth at upper spine end, minor foxing to first and last few pages, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#75137).
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