A BIT OF ATLANTIS. Illustrated by H. Julien and R.G. Mathews.
Edition: First Edition
Montreal: A.T. Chapman, 1900. Octavo, red cloth gilt lettered. pp (iv), 197, (3) + 9 plates; chart and map in text. Endpapers are lightly yellowed, with a few small foxing spots; else a fine and bright copy, no owner names, no rubbing or sunning, very nice. Watters p. 253. Bleiler (1978) p. 69. Reginald 04926 (neither Bleiler nor Reginald noting pseudonymous authorship). Not in Ketterer, nor in Colombo, Canadian SF & F. Dedicated "To My Honored Friend Sir J. William Dawson", who had been his professor in his student days. The author acknowledges his debt to Ignatius Donnelly in his long introductory discourse on the subject of Atlantis (pp 11-49). Matthews' illustrations are rather good classic fantasy illustration of the period. There is only one plate (at p. 152) by Henri Julien, the Montreal artist who was the best Canadian political cartoonist of his day. John Stuart Buchan (not to be confused with John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir) was a McGill graduate and a Montreal lawyer. This seems to be his only book. A scarce Canadian fantasy / lost race novel (there were few pre-20th century Canadian SF&F novels). "A descendant of the ancient Atlanteans, in the company of a group of people, locates an island which was once a part of Atlantis and finds some relics there, including an account of its last days. The island, perhaps inevitably, sinks beneath the waves at the end of the story." - Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy.