A PROPHETIC ROMANCE: MARS TO EARTH by the Lord Commissioner [pseudonym]. Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-4] 5-283 [284-286: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original terra cotta cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. "A group of humanoid Martians visit Earth ... by spacecraft to report back to Mars on the life and technology of a North America set in the future." - Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V 439. "Reverses the usual Martian formula by having a Martian visit an American utopia: a semi-Populist republic guided initially by women reformers. A woman president rules over an extended, consolidated America where all political candidates must attend 'statecraft' schools." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 201. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1368. Kopp 890. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 57. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 724. Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, pp. 192-93. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 110. Bleiler (1978), p. 126. Reginald 09876. Wright (III) 3489 (DLC only). Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, some rubbing along outer joints and fore-edges, a very good copy. A nice copy of a scarce book. (#165173).
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