THE REVOLT OF MAN. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1882. Octavo, [i-vi]  2-358 -4: ads, original reddish orange decorated pebble-grain cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, rear panel ruled in blind, top edge untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. In a future England, as dominated by women as Victorian England was by men, the men finally revolt. "An amusing, well-written book ... a pleasant relief from the long-winded novels that Besant wrote with James Rice. The question has arisen whether THE REVOLT OF MAN is not a satire against Victorian male chauvinism, but the indications are that Besant meant the work literally." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 191. The novel was first published anonymously and languished until noticed by the SATURDAY REVIEW, after which the book quickly went through additional printings totaling 9000 copies. "When I say that the advanced woman has never ceased to abuse the book, and the author, its success will be understood." - Besant, Autobiography (1902), p. 212 (quoted in Wolff, XIX Century Fiction). Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 071. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 9. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 19. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 12. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 96. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 68. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 23. Bleiler (1978), p. 22. Reginald 01213. Sadleir 201. Wolff 460. Early owner's name, address and date (1882) at upper right corner of the front free endpaper and his name and address again on the half title page within hand-drawn rules. A bit of mild soiling to front cover, a bright, tight, internally fine copy with an attractive, largely clean binding. A very nice copy. (#151637).
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