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Minton, Balch & Company, New York 1930 - Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-326 [327-328: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on front panel, top edge stained black, fore-edge untrimmed. First U.S. edition. Biological SF about the work a cold-blooded, self-centered scientist who conducts experiments in "the Barn" to perfect a new race of insect-like creatures to replace humans. "A Bildungsroman much in the manner of Dickens, using science-fiction motifs as symbols for human flaws, together with a Christian allegory . Many interesting passages, some annoying vagueness. The Dickensian microcosmic world seems very anachronistic in the twentieth century. Still, praiseworthy for its vision" - Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years 1255. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 461. Bleiler (1978), p. 116. Reginald 08392. A fine in bright, nearly fine pictorial dust jacket (front panel illustration by Politzer) with light rubbing along front flap fold. Uncommon in jacket. (#152414) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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