THE GREAT AWAKENING: THE STORY OF THE TWENTY-SECOND CENTURY. Boston: George Book Publishing Co., 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-8  10-345 [346: blank] [347: ad] [348: blank], inserted frontispiece, original pictorial dark blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, white and green, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. "The example of an African colony advocating equal distribution of money and currency based on national wealth helps foster revolutions in American and the rest of the world. By 2199 man has adjusted to these changes, and private planes have eliminated the need for cities." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 206. The pictorial binding reproduces the frontispiece illustration which shows a man in a primitive biplane blasting a large bird at close range with a shotgun. The book opens and closes with quotes from Henry Thomas Buckle, expounding a philosophy of trial-and-error as the key to progress. "For the great enemy of knowledge is not error, but inertness. All we want is discussion, and then we are sure to do well, no matter what our blunders may be" (p. 345). Buckle was a brilliant, self-taught mid-Victorian English historian who died young, having completed only his INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION IN ENGLAND (2 vols.,1857, 1861), an important document in the history of libertarian and positivist philosophy. Curiously, Merrill's vision of the future seems a mix of libertarian and socialist ideas. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1479. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 551. Kopp 898. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 122. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 779. Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, pp. 193-94. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 119. Bleiler (1978), p. 138. Reginald 10055. Wright (III) 3704. A bright, tight, very good copy. A nice copy of an attractive book. (#152391).
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