(#171171) THE WRECK OF A WORLD. With a Preface by Sir John Brown... Sixth Edition. W. Grove.

THE WRECK OF A WORLD. With a Preface by Sir John Brown... Sixth Edition. London: Digby and Long, Publishers, n.d. [1889, i.e. 1894]. Octavo, pp. [v-vii] viii-xi [xii] [1] 2-151 [152: ad] [note: text complete despite gap in pagination] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated "March 1894" inserted at rear, original red cloth, front and spine panels printed in black, publisher's monogram printed in black on rear panel, black coated endpapers. Sixth printing. Originally issued as a shilling shocker in paper wrappers in 1889 as volume two of "Long's Albion Library." Locke (Spectrum) records a copy of the "sixth edition" bound in paper with ads dated 1890 and, at that time, had not seen the clothbound issue. We have not seen an earlier printing bound in cloth, so this "sixth edition" may be the earliest printing bound in cloth. Grove's THE WRECK OF A WORLD, is not a sequel, but rather an enlargement upon the theme of his earlier A MEXICAN MYSTERY (1888). "Anglo-American confederation and Germany dominate world of 1948, with engineering advances including some automation. Machines acquire life and progeny, attack men, after battles U.S. evacuated, our protagonists settle happily in Hawaii after the fashion of More's Utopia, with man-machine struggle unresolved." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 38. Sir John Brown is the engineer protagonist of A MEXICAN MYSTERY. For more on A MEXICAN MYSTERY and THE WRECK OF A WORLD see Robert L. Brown, "The Wreck of the World," The New York Review of Science Fiction, 5 (January 1989), 18-[20]. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 15. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 528. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 99-100. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 85. Reginald 06430. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Several light stains to cloth, spine panel darkened, faint receding damp stain to upper right margins of front endpapers and first twelve leaves, a very good copy. All printings of this book are quite scarce. (#171171).

Price: $2,250.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
"SIXTH EDITION" on title page.