AMONG THE GNOMES: AN OCCULT TALE OF ADVENTURE IN THE UNTERSBERG. Boston: Occult Publishing Company, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-272, fly leaves at front and rear, twelve illustrations by S. Hartmann and Sedgwick, original brown cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First U.S. edition. The U.S. edition utilizes the sheets of the 1895 T. Fisher Unwin edition. A sort of occult lost race novel, written by an associate of Madame Blavatsky and a noted authority at the time on occult matters. A team of modern scientists explore the Untersberg in order to disprove the existence of gnomes and Hartmann's protagonist, separated from the main party, runs smack into them. He teaches them logic, rationality and scientific method, resulting in their loss of natural innocence, war with the fairy realm, and the destruction of their kingdom. Interesting parallels to Twain's Connecticut Yankee. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 765. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 106. Bleiler (1978), p. 95. Reginald 06877. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#90513).

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