New York: George P. Putnam, 1849. 12mo. xi, [i], -514 pp. FIRST EDITION. Frontispiece and additional full-page illustrated half-title. Publisher’s cloth, decorated in blind and with gilt illustration on top cover; first and last few leaves browned, otherwise very good with the book label of J.D. Prince, Jr., and the ownership inscription of W.E. Phillips dated August, 1901. Item #17196
First edition of the author’s first novel, the tale of a journey to Africa where our hero discovers a mythical country, and even marries an African princess. A significant portion focuses on Romer’s medical studies as well as his experiences as a ship doctor. An extremely popular work, it went through nine editions between 1849 and 1900. Mayo (1812-95) studied medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City. After practicing for several years, Mayo took a break, touring Spain and North Africa, a trip which greatly influenced the present work. Afterwards, Mayo returned to New York to devote himself to literature.