THE ANTEDILUVIAN WORLD
This auction is for an original 1882 1ST EDITION of "ATLANTIS: THE ANTEDILUVIAN WORLD" by Ignatius Donnelly.
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In this interesting book the author has carefully collected all the facts which hear upon a tradition "that there once existed in the Atlantic ocean, opposite the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, a large island, which was the remnant of an Atlantic continent, and known to the ancients as Atlantis; that this was the region where man first rose from a state of barbarism to civilization, and that it was destroyed in a terrible convulsion of nature, in which the whole island sunk into the ocean, with nearly all its inhabitants. A few, however, escaped in ships or on rafts, and carried to the nations east and west the tidings of the appalling catastrophe, which has survived to our time in the flood and deluge legends of the different nations of the old and new worlds."
The legend of Atlantis was preserved by the Egyptians, and the author quotes the narrative of Plato describing it. This narrative, according to Plato, was told to Solon, a relative of his, by an Egyptian priest, it constituting a part of their religious records. Various other nations have also preserved a remembrance of a similar disaster. Among these we find the Hebrews, Jhaldeans, Hindoos, Phoenicians, Americans, etc. These, the author relates, show that they are similar, and in all probability are recollections of the same catastrophe.
That so many widely separated races should concur in these legends is certainly strong ground for believing that they all have some basis in an occurrence which actually took place. "Even the absurdist reports may in nearly every instance be traced to an actual occurrence; and had there been no such actual occurrence, this preposterous misrepresentation of it would never have existed. Though the distorted or magnified image transmitted to us through the refractory medium of rumor, is utterly unlike the reality; yet, in the absence of the reality, there would have been no distorted or magnified image. And thus it is with human beliefs in general. Entirely wrong as they may appear, the implication is that they germinated out of actual experiences, and originally contained, and perhaps still contain, some small amount of verity. More especially may we safely assume this in the case of beliefs that have long existed and are widely diffused; and most of all so in the case of beliefs that are perennial and nearly or quite universal. The presumption that any current belief is not wholly false, gains in strength according to the number of its adherents."
The author of the present work attempts to prove, and we think in a most satisfactory manner, that these legends are the remembrances of a long-lost country known to the ancients as Atlantis. He then proceeds to show that deep-sea soundings that have been made of the bed of the Atlantic ocean by the United States ship "Dolphin," the German frigate "Gazelle," and the British ships "Hydra," "Porcupine" and "Challenger," map out on the ocean bottom an immense elevation, which corresponds in position with that of the lost Atlantis as described by Plato. This elevation, from its mountainous character, must have been produced by agencies acting above the water level, and afterwards subsided beneath the waters of the Atlantic, its tallest peaks still remaining as the Azore Islands.
Our author then points out the striking similarities between the characters of the civilization on the two sides of the Atlantic, and endeavors to prove that Atlantis was the original seat of these civilizations, and that they were derived from it by colonization, the Atlanteans forming colonies in Central America, Mexico, Peru, valleys of the Amazon and Mississippi, Egypt, etc. These theories he endeavors to support from studies drawn from the architecture, language, customs, legends, etc., of these different nations. On the whole, the book is a very interesting one, and although on some points the author is perhaps a little enthusiastic, still it is a work that should be read by every one who is interested in one of the most obscure problems of the present day—the origin of civilization.
Published in 1882, this book is in VERY GOOD CONDITION! for its age and especially to be 130 YEARS OLD!!! ALL PAGES ARE PRESENT!!! and tightly bound. The hinges are in fine order. The interior is NEAT, VERY CLEAN, TIGHT AND BRIGHT. There is no foxing or blemishing. Just unmarked text block and enjoyable reading material that's beyond clean! It measures 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and is complete with 490 pages. At NO RESERVE!!! this book won't last long so...GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!
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