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1901 - An Extravagant Story. London: William Heinemann, 1901. 32 pp undated ads. Original yellow cloth decorated in black. First English Edition (issued a month after the American one), consisting of 1,500 copies in two states and three bindings. This was Conrad's only science fiction title, involving people from The Fourth Dimension -- though the work is largely Hueffer's.~The "I" narrator is Etchingham Granger, a writer of impeccable pedigree whose fortunes are none too good and who is forced to take on several disagreeable commercial assignments. Early on, he meets an extremely attractive young lady who is a "Fourth Dimensionist." This tribe of "new people" -- there is a dystopian pattern here -- lacks feelings and normal or human responses. They, and she, are dedicated to becoming the inheritors of the earth because of their superiority in intellect, control and deception. In particular, they plan to undermine public confidence in its institutions, which turns out to be fairly easy given the nature of the men who govern. The political satire lies here: everyone has a price and everyone is self-serving regardless of the seriousness of the isues. There is no "public policy" among public men. [Karl]~This copy is in the first state (without the dedication leaf that was tipped into later copies), and is in the primary binding (with the pictorial cover panel and with "W H" bracketing the windmill on the spine). It is a near-fine copy (scarcely any wear at all, with less cover soil than is usually the case with this bright yellow cloth). Cagle A6a.3. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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