Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery (1820 novel)

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Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery
Author Credited to Adam Seaborn
Publisher J. Seymor
Location New York
Pub. date 1820
Language English
Subject Hollow earth adventure story

Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery is a book of unknown authorship, credited in the text to an Adam Seaborn, a captain who leads a voyage of exploration to Antarctica and into the hollow earth. The first edition was printed by Jonathan Seymor of 49 John Street, New York [City] in 1820.


Authorial Attribution

Though sometimes, curiously, attributed to John Cleves Symmes himself, Symzonia was more often taken to be a ridiculing of Symmes's theory about the hollow earth, not a book written in support of it.[1][2][3] More likely candidates for the authorship have been suggested as Nathaniel Ames[L] and Washington Irving.[S]

Readings and Reviews




  1. Loshe, Lillie Deming (1907), The Early American Novel, New York: Columbia University Press, p. 81, 
  2. Curtis, George H. (January 1978), "Americus Vespucius Symmes and the North Greenland Expeditions of Robert E. Peary, 1891-1895", The American Neptune (Salem, Mass.: Peaboy Museum of Salem) 38: 44, 
  3. Who Goes There? or, Men and Events, New York: Carleton, 1866, p. 111,, "His ideas had plausible place in their day of utterance, and encountered what has been the fate of all projectors, the semi-ridicule, semi-illustration of a book called Symzonia, in which the visit inter-spherical was, with vivid adventures, accomplished. His theory at last melted away like the stories of the Arcadia or the southern continent."