Mr. Oseba's Last Discovery
Place Published: Wellington, N. Z.
Publisher: The New Zealand Times Co., Ltd
Date Published: 1904
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 37918
225pp. Octavo [22 cm] Red cloth covered boards with a black ink stamped title on the spine, and gilt lettering with decorative gilt and blind stamping on the front cover. With illustrations reproduced from photographs. Good. The cloth at the spine ends and corners of the covers is frayed, and the spine is sunned. There is a previous owner's inscription in pen, along with an address label on the front free endpaper. The text block is cracked at p. 80. The pages are tanned, and a handful of pages have markings in pencil. From the collection of Berkeley book collector and letter press printer, John Ruyle, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Bleiler CFL. Bleiler's Science-fiction: the Early Years, 158. In Locke.
E. F. Bleiler describes this as "An eccentric novel... praising New Zealand (which the author at times calls Zelania) in terms of a hollow-earth theory." A Utopian, hollow-earth novel.