London and Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, 1901. Item #04419
Three Old Chums in Search of the Inca Treasure
RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator. KENYON, C[harles] R[ichard]. The Argonauts Of the Amazon… With six illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London and Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, 1901.
First edition, first issue.
Octavo. (7 5/16 x 5 1/4 inches; 187 x 133 mm.). 305,  blank,  advertisements, 32 pp. publishers catalog. Six monochrome plates. Original orange cloth, pictorially decorated on the front cover and spine in yellow, black and white and lettered in gilt. Dark blue coated endpapers. Minor rubbing to lower corners, spine very slightly cocked. An excellent copy of a very scarce and early Rackham title.
According to Richard Riall, the first issue was "bound in light blue cloth with pictorial stamping on the cover and spine in yellow, black and white. The cover design is taken from an illustration [plate facing p. 203] in the book. Gold lettering on the cover and spine. 305 numbered pages 125 x 180 and 32 pages of advertisements at the back of the book. 6 full-page illustrations in half-tone by Rackham. Light yellow end-papers matching the yellow of the cover design." Riall then goes on to say "Secondary bindings: In coral-pink cloth, with the same date on the title page and the pictorial stamping. Has grey end-papers. Also in orange cloth with dark blue end-papers, and a slightly larger size, 130 x 185." (Riall, p.42).
Our copy is in the publisher's coral-pink cloth with dark-blue coated end-papers. The advertisements at the back are for books published before 1901, and they do not mention The Argonauts of the Amazon - so we believe that this is in fact the first issue.
"Mr. Charles R. Kenyon, author of the popular story, The Young Ranchmen, here tells a thrilling tale of adventure in which three old chums, in the search for the Inca's treasure in the remote regions of the mighty Andes, procure a little steam-launch for the navigation of the Amazon and some of its feeders, such as the Ucayali. Their whole course teems with remarkable experiences and adventures, and the climax is reached when, after several fights with strange tribes, they are shut up as prisoners in the Incala's treasure-chamber. How they escape, discover gold in plenty, and begin a large colonisation scheme is told in a spirited manner." (Publishers advertisements from a later issue).
Gettings, p.175; Hamilton, p.187; Latimore & Haskell, p.16; Riall, p.42.