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    Charles L. McKesson. Under Pike's Peak; or, Mahalma, Child of the Fire Father. London and New York: F. Tennyson Neely, [1898]. First edition. Octavo. 302, [14, catalog] pages. Frontispiece and six plates (photographic views of the Pike's Peak region). Publisher's red cloth lettered in gilt on front cover and spine.

    Condition: Binding rubbed, surface loss from biopredation, minor affect to gilt lettering on spine. Previous owner's ink gift inscription on front free endpaper, dated "August 21, 1899". Over-opened between frontispiece and half-title. Foxing, heavier at times; and occasional minor smudges. Very good.

    Reference: Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 1414; Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, 545; Teitler and Locke (2013) 803; Bleiler (1978), page 130; Reginald 09937.


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    "Pike's Peak, stately and solemn, stands guard over the eastern gateway to the Rocky Mountains. What this sentinel has seen during the centuries of lonely vigil is locked in his silent, rock-ribbed bosom. In the year 1896 a daring tourist entered that bosom and possessed himself of some of the greatest secrets of the age. What he learned of the Cliff Dwellers who once inhabited the region lying at the base of Pike's Peak; what he learned of the formation of the Cripple Creek gold fields, and of the origin of the mineral springs which gush from the rocks sleeping at the foot of the Peak; what he learned of the strange and mysterious character, Mahalma, Child of the Fire Father, and of her peculiar sacrifice which has no parallel in literature, and what he learned of the philosophy of telepathy and kindred subjects, he tells in the story which follows" (Introduction, page [3]).



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