A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER. With Illustrations by Gilbert Gaul. (Published anonymously).
London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1888. First British Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original pictorial blue cloth designed with an image of a sea monster holding the cylinder in its jaws in black, green and copper on the front panel, front panel lettered in copper, spine panel lettered in gold and with another sea serpent / cylinder design inblack & copper; decorated endpapers. 291pp. + 32 pp publisher's catalogue bound in at the rear, dated December, 1887. Frontispiece with tissue guard & eighteen additional full-page plates. inner hinges with hairline cracks, corners just a touch knocked, minor spine lean; a very good to near fine copy of a lovely and attractive book. Very Good. Item #312885
¶ Lost Race novel. A strange culture is discovered in underground Antartic regions. The descendants of the lost tribes worship death and suffering and despise wealth. The protagonist travels on giant prehistoric birds and battles with dinosaurs. His memoirs are preserved in a copper cylinder which is later discovered at sea and transcribed here. One of the better 19th Century Lost Race novels. DeMille was a Canadian professor at Dalhousie University; the book was published both posthumously and anonymously.