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1 Mitchell, J. A.The Last American. A Fragment from the Journal of Khan-Li, Prince of Dimph-yoo-chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy. 09815
Frederick A. Stokes: NY. 1902.
First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Lost Race novel set in 2951 AD. First published in 1889, this 1902 reprint is newly illustrated (''Edition De Luxe'') with colour plates and illustrations,by F.W. Read, Albert D. Blashfield, and the Author..

''a short, clever inversion of the lost race tale just then gaining popularity, the lost race in this case being the Mehrikan people. We see America through the eyes of an admiral in the Persian navy about 1100 years in the future as an exploring party wanders through the ruins of New York City and Washington, D. C., where the detachment encounters and kills the three last Americans. Mitchell's point, aside from amusement, seems to be the danger of unrestricted immigration, which he indicates was the basic cause of America's downfall in the late twentieth century. Ultimately, American civilization is destroyed by a catastrophic change of climate, and this satire is significant as being one of the earliest SF stories to utilize the catastrophe motif (L. W. Currey). ''A curious work, certainly pessimistic and bitter in substructure, yet superficially humorous in the Victorian mode'' (Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1523).

Frontispiece plate loose, otherwise a VG copy.

Price: 25.00 GBP
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