Illustrating a New Hypothesis of Terrestrial Organization; with an Appendix of Setting Forth an Original Theory of Gravity
Tower, Washington L. Oakland, CA: Milton H. Tower, 1885. 1st edition. Signed by the publisher. Illustrated with decorations. Pictorial cloth. 212 pp. 12mo. Very good-.
Ultra scarce subterranean fiction about a man’s traversal of caverns to reach the North Pole, in the tradition of Jules Verne’s hollow earth tales. Appendix features a short essay on fanciful gravitational principles. Signed by the publisher (undoubtedly a relation of the author) on the flyleaf. Original red cloth with a gold globe and titling, and blind-stamped spine designs. Boards are spotted with wear; rear edge gouged; fraying to the tips. Contemporary inscription on the second flyleaf. Light handling wear to the interior.
US author whose Interior World: A Romance Illustrating a New Hypothesis of Terrestrial Organization (1885) is a Hollow Earth tale after the fashion of John Cleves Symmes; its interest is perhaps diminished by the protagonist’s discovery that the interior world is uninhabited. A crank nonfiction essay on Gravity is appended.