THE LORDS OF MISRULE: A TALE OF GODS AND MEN. Chicago: Laird & Lee, Publishers, 1894. Octavo, pp. [[1-4] 5-316 [317-320: blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations by "Justice," original pictorial white wrappers printed in light blue-gray, red, and black. First edition. Published in paper wrappers as "Library of Choice Fiction," number 73, at 50¢. Science fantasy novel about a succession of dystopias. "Panoramic science fantasy novel of the future, in which the protagonist, after a spirit voyage to another world where lie the 'Halls of Time,' returns to Earth at several different times in the future and witnesses the fate of its societies, including the destruction of New York." - Locke, a Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 177. "Fictional history, narrated by Greek gods, describes the Age of Mammon (overthrown in 1910), the Socialistic Republic (ambition dies and America divides into five nations), and the reestablishment of a glorious American Republic after New England (a hotbed of socialism) has been ravaged by anarchy." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 197. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1801. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V-544. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 103. Bleiler (1978), p. 159. Reginald (1979) 11801. Not in Wright, American Fiction 1876-1900 (disqualified because it was published as part of a subscription series). Lacks the front cover, half title leaf chipped along edges, a good copy of a fragile book printed on poor wood pulp paper which is still quite supple. Rare. (#153222).
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