A BOOK FOR THE TIMES. LUCY BOSTON; OR, WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND SPIRITUALISM: ILLUSTRATING THE FOLLIES AND DELUSIONS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. By Fred. Folio [pseudonym]. Boston: Shepard, Clark & Co. Auburn and Rochester: John E. Beardsley, 1855. 12mo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii  10-406 [407-412: ads], flyleaves at front and rear, ten inserted plates (including frontispiece and extra illustrated title page) with illustrations by Frederick M. Coffin engraved on wood by Edward Bookhout, original decorated gray cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, pale yellow endpapers. First edition. "Satire on feminism and Spiritualism, involving futurity and an ideal society based on women's agitation ... In approach imitative of early Dickens or Theodore Hook, but with no great literary merit. Somewhat clumsy as satire, for the various levels of reality are not well integrated. Nevertheless, important for its use of contemporary folkways." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 799. The book's spine title is "Lucy Boston." The story ends with the "laconic" epitaph: "SPIRITUALISM / AND / WOMAN'S RIGHTS! / Twins in their birth and ill begot; / Twins in their grave -- there let 'em rot." Wright (II) 926. Hamilton 508 (citing the Alden and Beardsley 1855 imprint). Early owner's penciled signatures on the front free endpaper. Cloth worn at spine ends and corners, scattered foxing and soiling in the text, one plate partially loose and a bit proud, a good copy. A better than average copy. (#157183).
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