USELESS HANDS ... Authorized Translation from the French by Elisabeth Abbott. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, . Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [1-2] 3-300 [301-312: blank] [note: last six leaves are blanks], original decorated black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light blue, top edge stained blue, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough trimmed, light green endpapers. First edition in English. Translation of LES CONDAMNES A MORT (1920). A fine novel of an automated nightmare world of the future. "Told on an almost surrealistic level; cerebral, but imaginative; far superior to the similar METROPOLIS by Thea von Harbou." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 701. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-26; (1987) 2-30; (1995) 2-35; and (2004) II-395. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 291. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 81. Bleiler (1978), p. 71. Reginald 05228. Bookplate of early noted fantasy fiction collector M. J. Miller affixed to front free endpaper. 17 mm closed tear at upper spine end, a very good copy in good pictorial dust jacket with 30x20 mm v-chip from upper spine end, 10x20 mm v-chip at bottom edge of front panel, and several closed tears at edges. The jacket presents fairly well overall. (#130714).
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