THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1  3-317 [318: blank] [319-320: ads] + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated "20.7.04" inserted at rear, original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g. First edition, first binding. This novel explores "the social consequences of the reckless release of a new discovery: the nutrient Herakleophorbia, which makes all creatures grow to giant size. In the early part of the novel there are many melodramatic encounters between men and giant vermin, but the real theme of the story is the metaphorical and actual division of mankind into two species: 'little people' and giants." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, p. 69. Now growing to adulthood, the mental as well as physical giants form a society of their own. They "decide to allow little people to live but expect them to die out." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 130-31. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-167; (1981) 1-176; (1987) 1-99; (1995) 1-99; and (2004) II-1226. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2337. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 796. Clarke, The Tale of the Future (1978), p. 30. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 206. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 807-12. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15029. Currey, p. 519 (binding A, variant 1). Hammond B9. Wells 24. Wells Society 24. Rubber-stamped name and address of early owner George Challis on the front free endpaper. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, endpapers foxed, a good copy with bright gold stamping on cover. (#165272).
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