THE REVOLT OF MAN. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1886. Octavo, original flexible pictorial red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold and black, front and rear panels stamped in black. Eighth edition (so stated on title page). First published anonymously. In a future England, as dominated by women as Victorian England was by men, the men finally revolt. "An amusing, well-written book ... a pleasant relief from the long-winded novels that Besant wrote with James Rice. The question has arisen whether THE REVOLT OF MAN is not a satire against Victorian male chauvinism, but the indications are that Besant meant the work literally." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 191. The novel was first published anonymously and languished until noticed by the SATURDAY REVIEW, after which the book quickly went through additional printings totaling 9000 copies. "When I say that the advanced woman has never ceased to abuse the book, and the author, its success will be understood." - Besant, Autobiography (1902), p. 212 (quoted in Wolff, XIX Century Fiction). Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 071. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 9. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 19. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 12. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 96. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 68. Bleiler (1978), p. 22. Reginald 01213. Recased, a sound reading copy. (#168553).
"EIGHTH EDITION" on title page.