REALMAH. By the Author of "Friends in Council." London: Macmillan and Co., 1868. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [i-vii] viii  2-299 [300: printer's imprint] [301-304: ads] + 48-page publisher's catalogue dated "July, 1868" inserted at rear; [i-v] vi-vii [viii]  2-320, original decorated royal blue cloth, front panels stamped in gold and ruled in blind, spine panels stamped in gold, rear panels ruled in blind, top and fore edges untrimmed, bottom edge rough-trimmed, chocolate-brown coated endpapers. First edition, first issue. Utopian novel, broken with short dialogues, of an imaginary prehistoric empire in southern Europe called "Sheviri" with a full account of its government, religion and wars. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 43. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 86. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 12. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 549. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 14. Reginald 07084. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Sargent. NCBEL III 1388. Wolff 3143. Touch of wear at spine ends and corner tips, spine panels just a bit darkened (gilt on spines still bright), small marginal stains on fore-edges of first few leaves of both volumes, a nearly fine, clean, remarkably tight set with no cracking along inner hinges. (#149678).
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