BETTER DAYS: OR, A MILLIONAIRE OF TO-MORROW. San Francisco, Cal: Better Days Publishing Co., 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-373 [374-376: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaf at front, original maroon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, light blue endpapers. First edition. Story set in near future America (1892-1896), a time of social and economic chaos. "Narrates the history of a gold mine owner who uses his money to increase the money supply, to start co-op and urban renewal projects, and to develop powerful weapons to enforce peace. Contains many anti-Semitic and anti-Indian passages." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 191. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 84. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 89. Bleiler (1978), p. 73. Reginald 05447. Wright (III) 1882. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 825. Not in Lewis or Negley. Spine lean, cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, cloth rubbed along outer hinges and fore-edges, Old Reno, Nevada circulating library stamps on front free endpaper and first blank (no other library markings), a sound, good copy. (#145354).
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