Spotswood, Christopher (cited as editor, but actually the author)

Edité par Printed at the "Examiner" and "Tasmanian" Office [1888]., Launceston, Tasmania, 1888
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Small octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-40, original dark green pebble-grain limp cloth wrappers, front cover stamped in black, floral endpapers. First edition. First-person fictional account (presented as a factual memoir) of an English sailor, separated from his whaler in the antipodes and cast up on a warm Antarctic land with unusual flora and fauna and an intelligent race of ethically-advanced people, the Bencolians. This 17,000-word Robinsonade thus merges into a utopian fantasy. The hero declines the temptation of remaining there as an honored guest and, taking with him some gold dust and a large diamond, he sets off in a handmade boat and finds a ship to bring him home. An unusual aspect of the story, running counter to the usual social values of British fiction in this period, is the hero's decision, in spite of his sudden wealth, "to keep in business, as it was an occupation, which everyone ought to have, whether well off or not." A pleasantly told -- if unspectacular, tale -- and a very scarce book, with no copies recorded in any of the libraries of COPAC (including the British Library). This book was one of Stuart's major lacunae for many years. Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, p. 20; 228. Larnach, Materials Towards a Checklist of Australian Fantasy to 1937 (1950), p. 21. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 3. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 103. Teitler 1143. Reginald 13502. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 82 (giving page count erroneously as 372). Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Miller, p. 638. A fine copy. OCLC reports 7 copies, all but one in Australian libraries. No copies reported by COPAC. (#151808). N° de réf. du libraire 151808

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Éditeur : Printed at the "Examiner" and "Tasmanian" Office [1888]., Launceston, Tasmania

Date d'édition : 1888

Reliure : Soft cover

Edition : 1st Edition

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