CULTURE, A MODERN METHOD. New York, St. Louis: I. H. Brown & Company. London, England: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-322, flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated olive-brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. A very early SF novel entirely devoted to bioengineering using rearranged cellular material in a chemical bath to rejuvenate, repair or modify life forms. The main argument proposes the "manufacture of intelligent machines" using modified "lower animals." Emerson (b. 1848) was a St. Louis M.D. and inventor. According to a handwritten slip attached to the title page, this book was "sold only on subscription." Not in Wright. Publisher's "compliments" stamp on the title page and "Free Copy" stamp on the front free endpaper. A bright, nearly fine copy. OCLC reports 7 copies; COPAC adds 1 more. Rare. (#156534).
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