THE INHABITANTS OF MARS: THEIR MANNERS AND ADVANCEMENT IN CIVILIZATION AND THEIR OPINION OF US. Malden, [Massachusetts]: C. E. Spofford & Co., Publishers, 1895. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii  10-192, flyleaves at front and rear, photograph of the author (on the verso of the title leaf), original burgundy paper over limp cloth, front and rear covers printed in gold, side stapled. First edition. "Mitchell, an inventor-evangelist, narrates the observations of Ego, who travels to Mars in hypnotic trances. Predigested foods have improved the race, all homes are electrified, and marriage is regulated by physical, mental and moral exams. The last half of the book attacks religious theories based on poor translations of the Bible." - Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity, p. 199. "Some detail of the socially and scientifically advanced civilization, which includes electrically powered vehicles, weather control and prenatal sex selection." - Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V 481. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1525. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 107. Negley, Utopian Literature 797. Locke, Voyages in Space 147. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V481. Wright (III) 3788 (locating only the DLC copy). Several creases to paper over cloth, covers lightly worn at spine ends and corners, a very good copy. A rare book. (#165918).
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