WETMORE, Claude H.
Title: Sweepers of the Sea : The Story of a Strange Navy. First Edition.
Publisher:  Bowen-Merrill, Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, 1900,
Seller ID: 108750
WETMORE, Claude H. Sweepers of the Sea : The Story of a Strange Navy. Pictures by G.A. Coffin. Indianapolis : The Bowen-Merrill Company, 1900. First Edition. Pp. (8),-303,(1) + frontispiece + 8 amazing plates. 8vo, green cloth, with gilt lettering to front and spine, gilt anchor designs on spine,three-colour illustration silhouette of on-coming battleship to upper sect ion of front cover. Claude Hazeltine Wetmore (b. November 7 1863, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio: d. April 29 1944). Bleiler, The Checklist of Science Fiction &Supernatural Fiction p.206, Bleiler, Science Fiction : The Early Years 247 4. Not in Smith & Weller, Sea Fiction Guide . An uncommon novel of naval war. "Peruvian brothers - president and admiral - defeat UK and Chile with Inca treasure and superbattleships, found Inca-land in alliance with USA" - Darko Suvin. "A fantasy of history with science-fiction elements. Pedro and Louis Garcia y Garcia, young Peruvians of clear descent from the anciant Inca rulers, after taking an oath to restore the old empire in modern form, are fortunate enough to come upon an old man of similar ancestry, who transfers to them the hidden treasure of the Incas. Years pass and the first inkling of a new development comes when outsiders observe that the Chincha Islands are the seat of some sort of industry and are being heavily fortified. The British make trouble. It is now revealed that the President of Peru, Fernando y Fernando is really Pedro Garcia y Garcia, and that he and his brother have devoted the Inca treasure to a fantastic arms build up. They have built enormous battleships that can sail at thirty-five knots and are fitted with a special malleable steel that is far stronger than ordinary armor plate. The ships are so designed that masts and superstructures can fold down, while covers of armor emerge from the sides making them the equivalents of monitors. Garcia also has a new explosive for his guns. All this materiel was bought from the best European and American engineers and scientists and assembled in the Chincha Islands. A clash with Great Britian is unavoidable, indeed welcomed by the Garcias. When the British Far Eastern fleet attacks the Peruvians, it is wiped out. The British, forming an alliance with Chile, then dispatch the Channel and Mediterranean fleets to the theatre ofwar, but the Peruvians sail to meet them, and in a naval battle off Spain defeat both fleets. This marks the end of the war. After the British and Peruvians sign a peace treaty, the United States of America and the new United States of Incaland form an alliance." - Bleiler, Science Fiction : The Early Years 2474, p.848. Inner front hinge is cracked, a few marks to cloth, else very good bright copy. 160.00