DEAD MEN'S SHOES, OR THE ONE HUNDRED PER CENT INHERITANCE TAX. Val De Mar, John W. Hultberg.

DEAD MEN'S SHOES, OR THE ONE HUNDRED PER CENT INHERITANCE TAX. [San Francisco: The Dent Publishing Co., 1920.]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-11] 12-245 [246: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], original brown cloth, front panel stamped in blind and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. A presentation copy with an inscription dated 1 March 1934 in which Hultberg acknowledges his pseudonym "Val de Mar." Two short novellas and four short stories linked together through the device of the "telepsychophone" -- which sounds in effect like the internet, a communication device that links everyone together. The second novella, "Democracy Come True," is a utopian tale of the future set in 2000. All the other material has utopian/reformist leanings of a socialist nature. "Pro and Con of It" looks at the economic proposal implied in the book's title. All of the other material as well is fantastic: "Putting a Meter on Your Windpipe," "Old Man Noah's 'Shoes'", "Happy Days in the Moon" and "Old Satan Turns a Trick." Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978), Reginald (1979; 1992) or Day, Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Not in Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925. Faint diagonal crease to front free endpaper, minor stains to pages 128-129, Lettering dull on spine, bottom front corner bumped, overall a good to very good copy of a scarce book. (#115435).

Price: $350.00

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