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. Several damp stains to rear cover, a very good copy. One of the most elusive American hollow earth books. (#152961).
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