ARMATA: A FRAGMENT ... [Bound with] THE SECOND PART OF ARMATA. London: John Murray, 1817. Octavo, two volumes in one: pp. [1-2]  2-209 [210: printer's imprint only; no text]; [1-2] [i] ii-viii [1-2] 3-209 [210: blank], early nineteenth century green basket-weave cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First printings of both parts. Imaginary voyage to a utopian world. A ship crippled by a storm in the south polar sea is propelled through a 7000-mile channel connecting earth to her twin, the planet Gemini. "The narrator is cast up on an island, Armata, that is a counterpart of England. Morven, his host, tells the story of Armata -- that is, of England -- and its problems of overproduction, wars, pauperism, crime, and the like. Customs are similar, but different in accent at points Erskine wishes to satirize." - Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 23. See Locke, Spectrum II for description of the first printing of part one, with text ending on page 209, not 210, and with title page dated 1817, not 1816 (as stated in various bibliographies). Wolff 2096 also describes a copy of the first printing of part one, which is rare. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-14. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 686 and 687. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel E6. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 59. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 14 and A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 129. Locke, Voyages in Space 5 and 6. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 322 and 323. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 36. Bleiler (1978), p. 190. Reginald 04933 and 04935. Wolff 2096. Some fading to cloth on front and spine panels, a very good copy with fine interior. An attractive copy of an uncommon book. (#153258).
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