EREWHON OR OVER THE RANGE. London: Trübner & Co., 1872. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii  2-246 [247-248: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original bevel-edged brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, top and fore-edges untrimmed, brown coated endpapers. First edition. Butler's first novel, first published at his own expense in 1872. A classic utopian satire that "probed to the heart of modern society, and he may well have written what one critic has called 'the first modern utopian romance.' Certainly, it is one of the most successful of the anti-technological utopias." - Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 33-5. EREWHON (1872) and its sequel EREWHON REVISITED (1901) "are set in a New Zealand utopia where machines have been banned for many years, because (in harsh parody of Darwin's theory of evolution, which Butler disliked) of human fears that machines, in their rapid evolutionary progress, would soon supplant Man. The visitor to this utopia -- which mixes dystopian elements freely with its more attractive aspects -- is named Higgs, and his eventual escape from Erewhon in a balloon triggers a new religion in that country, Sunchildism. The sequel is devoted mainly to this faith and Higgs's effect upon it on his return, in an allegorical satire on Christianity's origins and growth of the legend of the Second Coming." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 181. Aldiss and Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree, pp. 92-4. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-33; (1981) 1-34; (1987) 1-19; (1995) 1-19; and (2004) II-201. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 344. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 181. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 171. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 60. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 16. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 729-34. Bleiler (1978), p. 36. Reginald 02374. Hoppé 5. Early owner's gift inscription on front free endpaper. Minor repairs to very shallow splits in cloth at spine ends mended and inner hinges strengthened by a paper conservator. A very nice copy of a book seldom found in superior condition. (#149348).
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