FROM MONKEY TO MAN OR SOCIETY IN THE TERTIARY AGE A STORY OF THE MISSING LINK SHOWING THE FIRST STEPS IN INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, GOVERNMENT, RELIGION, AND THE ARTS WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT EXPEDITION FROM COCOANUT HILL AND THE WARS IN ALLIGATOR SWAMP. Chicago: Dibble Publishing Co., 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-231 232-234: ads [235: ads] [236-240: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], illustrations by H. R. Heaton, original decorated brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, patterned endpapers. First edition. Issued in cloth and in paper wrappers as "The Monogram Series," number 1, November 1894, for 50¢, this being one of the clothbound copies. "In his earlier books Bierbower had written about Christian ethics, suggesting in one that Christ was a Socialist. Racial memory plays an important role in this attempt to reconcile new theories with traditional beliefs. An oncoming glacier forced the 'Missing Link' from his Edenic home in the North, while snakes were the obvious enemies of the apemen and so became symbolic of evil. Equally important, Bierbower showed the first steps the apemen took in their evolution toward true mankind. In doing so, he helped to establish the main storyline for most of the novels dealing with prehistoric man." - Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 072. Bierbower "suggests the Ice Age as the effective cause of the Missing Link's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and that proto-men's struggles with snakes were the reason the Serpent has subsequently been symbolized as Evil." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 118. "A unique early prehistoric tale. A wonderful socioeconomic and psychological satire, often hilarious. Darwinian." - Stuart Teitler. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-16 and (1981) 1-22. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 41. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 126. Wright (III) 520. A nearly fine copy. A lovely copy of a rare book. Enclosed in a custom cloth clamshell box with leather spine label. (#165852).
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