New York: J.R. Douthitt, 1892. Gilt pale green pictorial cloth. Plates. Light rubbing at tips, inner hinges cracked, as often, paper stock slightly tanned, as usual, but a very nice, bright copy. Item #WRCLIT17766
First edition of one of the classics in the field of American ventures into hollow-earth fiction. Bailey devotes quite a bit of space to this work, describing it as "an exotic development of the idea. A bizarre, often grotesque fairy tale of science, the book describes this discovery of a world within the shell of the earth, lighted by its own central sun" (the subject of the pictorial gilt stamping). The world is reached by sailing through an opening at the North Pole, and is peopled by beings who have conquered flight, as well as restoration of life. BAILEY, p.66 (etc). WRIGHT III:648. SARGENT, p.46.