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London - Trubner & Co., 1872 Book. Good. Hardcover. First edition.. A first edition of this remarkable satire of Victorian society, published anonymously by Samuel Butler. The novel is set in a fictional country, the name of which lends the book its title. Much of the novel is taken up with its description, and while neither utopian nor dystopian, it seems to be much closer to the lands of Gulliver's travels. it bears strong resemblances to the British Empire of the day. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this book is The Book of the Machines , which make up the first three chapters. In these Butler was the first to speculate that machines might gain consciousness through Darwinian selection. As such it can be viewed as an important early contribution to the idea of science fiction. Condition: In the original cloth with printed boards and gilt titles to the spine. Externally with light general wear, particularly to the head and tail of the spine. The hinges are a little weak, but still fully attached. Internally foxed, with the binding loosening in places. Overall: GOOD.
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
Last Found On: 2017-10-08           Check availability:      Biblio    


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