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Posted 7 years ago


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One of my most favorite finds! Etidorpha (Aphrodite backward) was written by pharmaceutical maker, John Uri Lloyd and first published in 1895.
Synopsis from Wikipedia:
" The book's Chapter I begins the story of how Drury met the mysterious I-Am-The-Man, who reads his own manuscript account of his adventures to Drury over many sessions. The mysterious stranger, also known as The-Man-Who-Did-It, relates events that supposedly occurred another thirty years earlier, during the early part of the nineteenth century. In his account, the speaker is kidnapped by fellow members of a secret society, because he is suspected to be a threat to the society's secrecy.
I-Am-The-Man is taken to a cave in Kentucky; there he is led by a cavern dweller on a long subterranean journey, which becomes an inner journey of the spirit as much as a geographical trip through underground realms.
The books blends passages on the nature of physical phenomena like gravity and volcanoes with spiritualist speculation, and adventure-story elements (like traversing a landscape of giant mushrooms). The whole ends with a summary letter from I-Am-The-Man and a conclusion from Drury. "


  1. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    The illustration is amazing! Very cool book!
  2. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    One of my favorite books. PLEASE tell Ron Howard to make this into a movie!!! You are hereby elevated to genius status for knowing about this book.
  3. elizabethsestatefinds4you elizabethsestatefinds4you, 7 years ago
    Thank you so much tikiray and Savoychina1! :)
    I would love to post more of the illustrations, if possible...and to think I picked it up in the early 1990's for $2.00!
  4. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    $2!!! Now thats a good deal!!
  5. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    Don't tell me yours is a first edition! I had a 1939 copy which I loaned...enough said. I finally had to buy a paperback copy just to have it. That is SOOOO not the same.
  6. elizabethsestatefinds4you elizabethsestatefinds4you, 7 years ago
    No, mine is not 1st edition. I believe the 1st edition, published in 1895, was privately distributed. However, I do not think the private 1st edition has as many illustrations as this one and future editions. You are the FIRST person I have ever "known" who is familiar with this book! I'm so happy to have found my peeps! :D
  7. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    You say he was a drug manufacturer. Hmmm........
  8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    I have to agree with toolate2, Hmmmm..........
  9. Fantasycollector, 3 years ago
    The 1st edition was for subscribers and friends of the author and is a bit larger than the next several printings that followed. Starting with the 11th edition a few chapters were added to the book, but the books size was reduced to that of the average novel of the period. As for the illustrations I believe the first edition has all or at least most of the illustrations that the later printings had. A few may have been added with the 11th edition. The 1st edition has a list of the subscribers names at the back of the book and a facsimile of a hand written letter from the author that is actually hand signed (not facsimile) in each copy. As a one time bookseller from the Cincinnati area I had several copies of this book over the years including at least three 1st editions. A copy of the 1st edition can be seen and downloaded at the link below.

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