A CRYSTAL AGE. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-287 [288: blank], original black cloth, front and rear panels stamped in red, spine panel stamped in red and gold, top edge untrimmed, fore and bottom edges rough-trimmed, olive-green floral patterned endpapers. First edition. This binding state (no priority, if any, established) has the publisher's monogram in red on the rear cover. The book is found with and without publisher's catalogues inserted at rear (the earliest dated 1886-7); this copy has no catalogue. The author's anonymously published second book and first novel. Hudson's "fine quasi-utopian novel of the far future ... depicts small, self-sufficient, matriarchally organized households living in harmony with Nature. The protagonist, tragically, cannot adapt to their pastoral way of life ... Both stories [A CRYSTAL AGE and GREEN MANSIONS (1904)] are remarkable anticipations of modern ecological mysticism." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 593. "Significant SF milestone." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 33. Aldiss and Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree, p. 113. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-98; (1981) 1-103; (1987) 1-51; (1995) 1-51; and (2004) II-551. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 55-6. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-87. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1135. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1973), p. 12. Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 96-7. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 118. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 596. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 76. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 449-52. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 104. Reginald 07530. NCBEL III 1059. Payne A2a (variant 6). Binding slightly leaned, inner hinges a bit tender, mild foxing, largely to the preliminary leaves, else a near fine, bright copy with no binding wear. Quite a nice copy of a book rarely found in better condition. (#75623).
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