Louisville: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co.
Softcover. Very good. Undated, but 1890s. 6.5 x 5 inches,  pp, in original color-illustrated wrappers showing a young woman with lantern and walking stick. Includes 7 full-page plates from photographs, additional illustrations in the text, small L&N route map on final page. Minor foxing and soiling; very good. An early--probably the first--edition of this charming guide, which provides a review of many of the cave's major features with the zeal of a scientist exploring a new and extraordinary realm (Call was a Zoologist by training, but also a writer and educator): "The blind insects--beetles, crickets, mites, gnats--the eyeless fish and crustaceans and leeches, the snow white toadstools all are meaningless to those who have never questioned the physical cause of vision. The naturalist will find here a paradise, forms of life that are unique, that range from vertebrate to worm, and these all tell him a story of antiquity....But if the visitor seeks the grand and impressive, if there be attraction in the Stygian blackness, if the uncanny noises accompanying waters falling in recesses that have yet escaped search, if the unison of sounds coming from the dark and unfathomed recesses of Echo River back to the ear with a harmony and beauty that no cathedral note ever yet equaled, find a response in any human heart, then Mammoth Cave will never cease to attract visitors of every degree and from every land."