L'EVE FUTURE. Paris: M. de Brunhoff, Editeur, 1886. 12mo, pp. [1-4] [i] ii-iii [iv-vi] 1-379 [380: blank], original wrappers printed in red and black (illustrated by Aug.-Francois Gorguet), all edges untrimmed. First edition. A complete version of L'EVE FUTURE was first published in LA VIE MODERNE, 18 July 1885 -- 27 March 1886, and in book form in 1886. "A handsome young lord despairs when his fiancee turns out to be extremely crass -- but a fictional character called Thomas Alva Edison comes to the rescue with an impeccable robot duplicate. Seen as an important contribution to the Symbolist movement, the novel is philosophical, ironic and mockingly contorted." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1282-83. "A remarkable work that deserves more attention than it has received. Although it has had little influence in the English-speaking world, it is undoubtedly to be ranked in quality and thought-provoking power with FRANKENSTEIN, EREWHON, and WE." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2259. In reality, Thomas A. Edison invented a now long forgotten talking doll (Eve) with a phonograph in its chest (see EDISON'S EVE by Gaby Wood, 2003). Villiers may well have seen one. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 775. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 735-38. Versins, Encyclopédie de l'Utopie, des Voyages Extraordinaires, et de la Science Fiction, pp. 938-39. Bollery, Biblio-iconographie de Villiers of Isle-Adam 11. Clouzot 277. Contemporary newspaper review tipped in. A lovely, nearly fine copy. Extremely scarce in the original wrappers. Enclosed in a custom red cloth clamshell box with black leather spine label. (#166905).
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