NEQUA OR THE PROBLEM OF THE AGES by Jack Adams [pseudonym]. Topeka, Kansas: Equity Publishing Company, 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii]  2-387  [389-391: blank] [392: repeat of "notice" printed on page 388] [note: first leaf is a blank], flyleaf at rear, original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Issued as the first (and only) volume in the "Equity Library" series in paper wrappers at 50¢ and in cloth, as here, at $1.00. Polar expedition sails into a warm polar sea inside a Symmesian hollow earth where the explorers find the nation of "Altruria," a technological utopia. "Sexual problems. feminism, and an inner-world ideal society ... The social messages overpower the narrative, but the story as a whole is not as weak as in many comparable works." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 7. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870-1930s 004. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 472. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 207. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 122. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 3. Bleiler (1978), p. 2. Reginald 00047. Wright (III) 2287. Cloth rubbed along edges and outer joints, short split to cloth along outer rear joint, some soiling and spotting to cloth, mostly rear cover. This book was printed on cheap pulp paper; three of the preliminary leaves are detached at gutter margins and are a bit brittle at edges, the remainder of the text block is tanned, but the the paper is fairly supple. One of the most elusive American hollow earth books. (#149884).
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