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What Might Have Been: The Story of a Social War
London: John Murray, 1907 First edition, first printing of an important early dystopian novel. Very good in very good scarce jacket(spine and margins darkened, some chipping to ends and corners, a bit of edge wear, short tear at spine foot, 1x2" piece missing from lower corner of front panel, splitting along length of front flap fold with three small areas still attached). Those issues notwithstanding, the jacket is integral, desirable, and rarely seen - this copy the only one at auction since its publication. Ten other copies in libraries around the country and as always these include ones without a jacket and in horrific condition - and also fine copies in fine jackets(unlikely...).We live in troubling times - a few years of indifference, blind greed, and alternative facts away from slipping into a deeper Orwellian reality. This distilment is apropos - "Nineteen Eighty-Four is about a government that is gaslighting a nation, and a nation that shrugs when confronted with gaslighting."(Chris Taylor) Dystopia is a word that is permeating our lives and with good reason. Bramah's book is a novel describing the overthrow of a democratic British government, along with some cool future tech dreams like flying trains. It's not a great story on its own, but it has the important distinction of being an influential work. Orwell credited this book as an inspiration for Nineteen Eighty-Four. While Bramah won't achieve the heights of Orwell, he deserves recognition and remembrance for influencing one of the 20th century's most consequential writers.
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