ISLE OF BLACK FIRE. A Tale of Adventure for Boys.
Price: $75.00 USD
Place Published: Philadelphia & London
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company.
Date Published: 1904.
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 309349
First Edition. Octavo, original red pictorial cloth designed in black and orange. 301 pp. + 1 leaf of ads at rear. Frontispiece & 4 plates by Gordon Grant. Cloth a bit rubbed, but a very good, bright copy of a very scarce book.
¶ Lost Race Novel, Radium Hunting. On an uncharted island lies a large lump of pure radium, guarded by priests, who, arrayed in asbestos dresses, guard it jealously and worship it - offering from time to time unwary strangers as human sacrifices to the God of the 'Black Fire'. This wonder comes to the ears of an enterprising merchant in New York who sets out with an armed ship to find it. When they discover the island, two thousand 'savages' attack the ship. A full-blown gung-ho Lost Race Adventure novel, penned by Garis under his own name. Garis [1873-1962] was one of the most prolific authors ever, having written hundreds of books, mostly under pseudonyms - he was Victor Appleton, Clarence Young, Laura Lee Hope, Lester Chadwick, Marion Davidson and a host of other pen-names, mostly for books published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.