THE MESSIAH OF THE CYLINDER. Victor Rousseau, Victor Rousseau Emanuel.

THE MESSIAH OF THE CYLINDER. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1917. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-319 [320-322: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], eleven inserted plates, several double page, with black and white illustrations by Joseph Clement Coll, original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Protagonist awakens in a grim world of the future dominated by socialism and science and learns that legend has made him a kind of messiah. He leads a successful revolt against the establishment. The story, first published in EVERYBODY'S MAGAZINE as a four-part serial, June-September 1917, is one of the earliest American dystopian novels. "A more considerable work than is generally recognized, despite the pulp adventure aspects. One can find among the author's ultraconservative values such Orwellian anticipations as omnipresent slogans, euphemistic terms for horrible institutions, the artificial language Spikisi, the mechanics of thought control, and the apparatus of the police state. While the book is a deutero-WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES, it is independent in detail, and much Rousseau's best work." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1922. Published in the UK in 1918 as THE APOSTLE OF THE CYLINDER. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-131; (1981) 1-143; and (2004) II-927. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 662. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 46. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 147. Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 186. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 315. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 160. Bleiler (1978), p. 171. Reginald 12502. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 E-163. Cloth lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine panel and lower corner tips, faint ghosting from flaps of dust jacket (no longer present) on endpapers, a tight, near fine copy with bright cover stamping. Nice copies of this book are uncommon. (#90920).

Price: $350.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
"Published October, 1917" on copyright page.