The Devil-Tree Of El Dorado.

By: Aubrey, Frank

Price: £150.00

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Grading: Spine edges soft with wear, corner tips a little worn, page edges browning, several inked names the page between half-title page and title page, a VG copy.


Lost Race novel, illustrated with eight b/w plates by Fred Hyland and Leigh Ellis (note: one of the plates is missing - that opposite p. 115).

''The first and main pseudonym (he also wrote as Fenton Ash) of UK civil engineer and author Francis Henry Atkins (1847-1927), who contributed widely to the pre-sf pulp magazines, writing at least three Lost-World novels along with much else. The first and most successful of the three was The Devil Tree of El Dorado: A Romance of British Guiana (1896), which capitalized on the contemporary interest in the Roraima Plateau lying athwart the disputed border between Venezuela and the British colony; Monella, the mysterious giant who leads Europeans to their goal, turns out to be the 2000 year old ex-king of all they now survey, and a kind of Wandering Jew. He reappears in the prequel, A Queen of Atlantis: A Romance of the Caribbean (1898), which relates the discovery of a telepathic race living in the Sargasso Sea. In King of the Dead: A Weird Romance (1903), almost exactly the same cast of near Immortals under different names replays a very similar story, involving super science and supernaturalism and a Lost Race in the Amazon; eventually the dead are resurrected, to general revulsion. In his chosen market Aubrey was extremely successful and influential. Although contributing little to the sophistication of sf, he played an important role in the History of SF'' (John Eggeling/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Title: The Devil-Tree Of El Dorado.

Author Name: Aubrey, Frank

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Hutchinson & Co.: London.: 1896.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Spine edges soft with wear, corner tips a little worn, page edges browning, several inked names the page between half-title page and title page, a VG copy.

Seller ID: 14443