EREWHON REVISITED TWENTY YEARS LATER BOTH BY THE ORIGINAL DISCOVERER OF THE COUNTRY AND BY HIS SON. Samuel Butler.

EREWHON REVISITED TWENTY YEARS LATER BOTH BY THE ORIGINAL DISCOVERER OF THE COUNTRY AND BY HIS SON. London: Grant Richards, 1901. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vii [viii] ix-xi [xii] [1] 2-337 [338] [339: ads] [340: blank], original maroon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g. First edition. EREWHON (1872) and its sequel "are set in a New Zealand utopia where machines have been banned for many years, because (in harsh parody of Darwin's theory of evolution, which Butler disliked) of human fears that machines, in their rapid evolutionary progress, would soon supplant Man. The visitor to this utopia -- which mixes dystopian elements freely with its more attractive aspects -- is named Higgs, and his eventual escape from Erewhon in a balloon triggers a new religion in that country, Sunchildism. The sequel is devoted mainly to this faith and Higgs's effect upon it on his return, in an allegorical satire on Christianity's origins and growth of the legend of the Second Coming." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 181. Butler's satire probed to the heart of modern society and would not many of us agree with his question "How many men at this hour are living in a stage of bondage to the machines?" Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-34; (1981) 1-34; (1987) 1-19; (1995) 1-19; and (2004) II-201. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 345. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 143. Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 33-4. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 172. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 124. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 729-34. Teitler 216. Bleiler (1978), p. 36. Reginald 02376. Early owner's signature dated November 1902 on the front free endpaper. 12 mm closed tear in cloth at upper spine end, spine lean, gold lettering on spine panel a bit dull, free endpapers tanned, a sound, good copy. (#165206).

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