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MIGHELS, Philip Verrill

[LOST RACE FICTION] The crystal sceptre : a story of adventure.

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New York ; London : Harper & Brothers, 1906. Second edition, revised. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial blue cloth (rubbed, spine lightly marked), owner’s inscription to title page, 346 pp (contents clean and sound).

A Lost Race fantasy set in the fictitious ‘Banyac Islands’ in the Malay archipelago. The plot involves warring tribes of Black Missing Links and Red Missing Links, a stranded American balloonist and a white snake goddess who turns out be Australian (‘She was a cosmopolitan sort of girl, born and raised in Australia, educated partially in England and partially in Massachusetts’). As a girl she had accompanied her father, a naturalist, on an expedition to the ‘Banyac Islands’ where, along with her pet anaconda, she had been captured by a group of Black Missing Links….

First published in 1901; a copy of the first edition is held in the Monash University Library collection; Trove locates a single example of this 1906 edition in Australian libraries (SLNSW).

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