IN THE YEAR TEN THOUSAND. William Harben.

IN THE YEAR TEN THOUSAND. Boston: The Caxton Press, 1917. Small octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-24 [25-32: blank], original blue wrappers printed in black, stapled. First edition. A short sketch of the future, reprinted from THE ARENA, November 1892, by the author of the classic early American dystopian novel THE LAND OF THE CHANGING SUN (1894). A positive vision of humankind's future progress and evolution, ending with the 600-year old narrator's statement "immortality must be love immortal," privately printed, probably as a response to the carnage of World War One and America's entrance into the "war to end all wars." This story was collected in H. Bruce Franklin, Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century (1966), pp. 394-401. An important late nineteenth century view of the future as eutopia. Dismissed by Bleiler as "routine material." Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years 815o. Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 193. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 94-95. Gift inscription on first blank: "Blanch from Mrs. Carborne." Small abrasion to inside front wrapper, else a fine copy. Rare. (#164384).

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