A VISIT TO BLESTLAND. Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Bisbane, Perth, & London: George Robertson & Company, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-310 [311-312: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed, decorated endpapers. First edition. A mystical utopian dream fantasy of a visit to Blestland, an ideal society and the abode of deceased friends. "In W. H. Galier's A VISIT TO BLESTLAND (1896), the characters are at sea in a strong wind when the ocean takes on the the appearance of fire and gives off electrical sparks. Losing control of their boat, they are whisked along through the air, shrouded in the 'Cimmerian darkness' of a mysterious cloud. Once they arrive on the planet Blestland ... the narrative descends to guided tours of buildings and institutions, interspersed with talk and theorizing. Galier's title has religious overtones, but these are largely ironic, for religion is seen as a hindrance to social justice ... Like McIver's NEUROOMIA: A NEW CONTINENT (1894), A VISIT TO BLESTLAND reflects the desire for utopia without offering concrete proposals for change." - Blackford et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, pp. 22; 225. Larnach, Materials Towards a Checklist of Australian Fantasy to 1937 (1950), p. 12. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 2. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 49. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 109. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 108. Bleiler (1978), p. 78. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corners, some tiny white spots on front cover, hairline crack along inner front hinge which is still holding tight, a sound, bright, very good copy. An uncommon early Australian science fiction novel. (#148790).
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