A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888. 12mo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii  2-291 [292: blank] [293-296: ads] [note: binder's leaves precede half title leaf and follow page (296)], nineteen inserted plates with illustrations by Gilbert Gaul, original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in gold and silver, spine panel stamped in gold, silver, and brown. First 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. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 59. Reginald 04110. Bookplate affixed to front paste down, neat small previous owner's signature at top edge of front free endpaper, dust soiling to cut edges, light shelf wear to cloth at spine ends. a tight, very good copy. (#82637).
No statement of printing on copyright page. First printing is dated 1888 on recto of title leaf; reprints drop the date.