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New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons ... London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1873.. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iii] iv-vi [1] 2-460, flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, chocolate-brown endpapers. First U.S. edition. First published in three volumes in London by Richard Bentley and Son in 1873. Maitland, a British Theosophist, believed that the existing tales of the future wrongly predicted that physical science would come to dominate humanity and destroy it. His utopian novel corrects this dystopian view of science and technology by depicting a future society transformed by technology into a new Eden. The U.S. edition adds a 4-page "preface" by Maitland dated July 1873 in which the author, inter alia, defends his work from criticism of being derivative of THE COMING RACE and EREWHON. The "new edition" published in London in 1876 by Tinsley Brothers follows the text of this 1873 Putnam edition. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-701. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1431. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 7. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 115. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 149. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 741. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 61. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 17. Bleiler (1978), p. 132. Reginald 09577. Nineteenth-century label of J. S. Barker's Circulating Library affixed to front paste-down. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a very good copy with bright cover stamping and tight inner hinges. An uncommon edition. (#152472)
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