UNVEILING A PARALLEL: A ROMANCE by Two Women of the West [pseudonym]. Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1893. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-269 [270: blank] [271-279: ads] [280: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, inserted illustrated half title leaf printed on plate paper (reproduces the design used on the front cover of the paperbound issue), original reddish brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, tan coated endpapers with silk-like pattern. First edition. Published in cloth and in paper wrappers as the "Arena Library Series," number 17 (July 1893), this being one of the former. The first edition was published pseudonymously, the second edition, published in 1894, attributes the book to Jones and Merchant. "A utopian romance of Mars, largely in the form of dissertations by the Martians to a visiting terrestrial who has traveled there in an aircraft 'launched on the current of attraction which flows uninterruptedly between this world and that.'" - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 215 and A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume III, p. 176. "A male narrator visits two Martian countries. In the first women have absolute equality; they can be ambitious businesswomen or successful professionals, can vote, belong to secret clubs, box, drink, inhale valerian root, and frequent brothels run by male whores. In the other country the sexes are still equal, but the 'selfish' and 'vulgar' drives of both have been replaced by a brotherly (and sisterly) love that pervades their physical, moral, and spiritual lives." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 195. "Feminist thought in the form of science-fiction, concentrating mostly on equal economic rights and the double sexual standard ... Amusing at times rather than shocking or instructive, now that its message is not so novel or controversial as it may have been almost a century ago ..." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2214. Locke, Voyages in Space 200. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 625. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 98. Bleiler (1978), p. 197. Reginald 07970. Wright (III) 5627. Cloth rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, a bright, very good or better copy. A sharp copy of a very scarce book. (#165879).
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