USELESS HANDS ... Authorized Translation from the French by Elisabeth Abbott. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, . Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [1-2] 3-300 [301-312: blank] [note: last six leaves are blanks], original decorated black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light blue, top edge stained blue, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough trimmed, light green endpapers. First edition in English. Translation of LES CONDAMNES A MORT (1920). A fine novel of an automated nightmare world of the future. "Told on an almost surrealistic level; cerebral, but imaginative; far superior to the similar METROPOLIS by Thea von Harbou." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 701. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-26; (1987) 2-30; (1995) 2-35; and (2004) II-395. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 291. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 81. Bleiler (1978), p. 71. Reginald 05228. Remnant of a tiny price sticker at the lower left corner of the rear paste-down, a fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket with 30x35 mm v-chip from upper spine end that extends into top edge of rear panel with some loss to last "S" in "USELESS," smaller chips from three corner tips, lower front spine fold and top edge of front panel several closed tears at edges, and closed tear along front spine fold professionally mended. The jacket presents fairly well overall. (#159946).
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