New York: Harper & Brothers, c.1885. Later printing. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine and upper board gilt, lower board blindstamped.
"Suppose you were to find in mid-Atlantic, in front of the Mediterranean, in the neighborhood of the Azores, the remains of an immense island, sunk beneath the sea...would it not go far to confirm the statement of Plato that...there was an island...called Atlantis?" First edition of "prince of American cranks" Ignatius Donnelly's seminal and controversial work on Plato's fabled city of Atlantis. A politician and reformer before he turned to writing, Donnelly genuinely believed that Atlantis was more than merely a myth but a continent buried beneath the Atlantic Ocean from which human civilization descended. The book was incredibly successful upon publication in 1882, and brought Donnelly widespread acclaim. There were plenty of critics, however, including Charles Darwin, who noted the book was "interesting," but that he read it in "a very skeptical spirit." Although continually debunked as pseudoscience, Donnelly's work is still influential to this day and his descriptions of the lost city remain as those envisioned in the popular imaginary. Illustrated with 128 drawings, diagrams, and maps. Stated "Twenty-fourth Edition" to title-page. Light rubbing to spione-ends and corners. Near fine. Item #2189