Being an account of the recent amazing adventures of Professor George E. Challenger... London New York Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. . Original bright red cloth decorated in gilt and white.
First Edition, colonial issue, of Doyle's first Professor Challenger science fiction tale. The exploring party ventures to a lost plateau deep in the South American jungle, where dinosaurs still reign. Both the movie "Jurassic Park" and the television series "The Lost World" owe much to this book. Subsequently, Doyle wrote two more Professor Challenger novels -- THE POISON BELT (1913) and THE LAND OF MIST (1926) -- as well as two shorter Challenger tales that appeared in THE MARACOT DEEP (1929).~According to G&G, on 15 October 1912 Hodder & Stoughton issued 10,716 domestic copies (in dark blue cloth) plus 5,457 colonial copies (in this bright red cloth); a month or two later some more colonial copies were issued in paper covers, but these have "Second Edition" on the title page. These red-cloth colonial copies are identical in content to the blue-cloth domestic copies (neither was equipped with a half-title); in addition to the difference in color, the red cloth has more texture than the blue cloth, and the colonial copy has a gilt rosette at the foot of the spine, below the publisher's imprint.~This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear but with the red spine slightly wrinkled and (as one would expect with this color) slightly faded. The thick wove paper is free of foxing, which is surprising for books sent by sea to such remote destinations as New Zealand and South Africa. The front endpaper bears an "Xmas 1912" inscription. Although there were half as many colonial copies issued as domestic, it is safe to say that today one sees 50 domestic copies for every one colonial copy. Green & Gibson A37b. Item #13953