REVELATIONS OF THE DEAD-ALIVE. London: Printed for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, Stationers'-Hall Court, Ludgate Street, 1824. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-376, late nineteenth-century three-quarter leather and floral patterned cloth, blue coated endpapers. First edition. An early work, published anonymously, by John Banim (1798-1842) who together with his brother Michael, wrote a succession of pioneer Irish regional novels under the pseudonym, "The O'Hara Family." REVELATIONS OF THE DEAD-ALIVE is a satire placed in the year A.D. 2023 or 2024 and aimed at taste, art and letters of the Romantic period, the whole constituting a series of courses of digressive table talk, a genre very much at home in the nineteenth century. "... a kind of travelogue of the future, much of which is intended to satirize the contemporary scene. There is a fair bit of advanced technology, while the last couple of chapters deal with the colonization of the moon and battles in space. One of the very few books in Sadleir in which he gives any indication of subject matter, devoting nearly half a column to it." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 7. "... not prophetic but satirical. A few scientific ingenuities are devised ... but mainly the London of 1823 is turned topsy-turvy ... In short, the work is a semi-humorous outburst against current fashions and reputations, in the form of retrospective comment at a far distant date. As an indication of the taste and pre-occupations of the intelligentsia of the early 1820s, it has a certain value." - Sadleir 148. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 118. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 3. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V113. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1248. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 38. Bleiler (1978), p. 15. Reginald 00842. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 13. Wolff 231. NCBEL III 707. A rebound copy with half title present, but no errata slip or publisher's advertisements at the rear, the latter not always found in copies of the book retaining their original binding of drab boards. Leather worn at edges, outer joints cracked, several splits to spine panel, but still a tight, internally fine copy. (#130647).
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