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SUB SOLE OR UNDER THE SUN MISSIONARY ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT SAHARA ..
London: James Nisbet and Co. ... Worcester: Ebenr. Baylis and Son ..., n.d. [1890].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi-x [11] 12-256 [257: printer's imprint] [258-259: ads] [260: blank], fly leaves at front and rear, three inserted plates (should be four), original pictorial mauve cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, all edges trimmed and speckled red, gray endpapers. First edition, third issue with leaf headed "prefatory note to the third issue of 'Sub Sole'" dated "Nov., 1904" preceding contents leaf. Inscribed by the author at head of title page: "E. J. Burton Esqr. / With the author's very kind regards / Decr. 7th 1910." The first issue of this book has four inserted plates. Only a handful of copies of the "second" or "third" issues have the fourth plate (captioned "Fighting with the Storm"); this copy does not have the fourth plate. "A missionary, the Right Rev. Artegall Smith, narrates the account of the discovery of a super-scientific civilization, the Ammiel, in a huge illuminated cavern under the Sahara, and how they were converted. The book carries the byline of Smith, Norton being the 'editor.'" - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 167. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 86-7. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, pp. 41-2. Reginald 13301. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Light binding wear, mostly at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, very good copy. All issues of this book are scarce. (#105288)
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. ]
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