THE AUTOCRACY OF MR. PARHAM: HIS REMARKABLE ADVENTURES IN THIS CHANGING WORLD. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-370 [371-372: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], ten inserted double-page plates with illustrations by David Low, original red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, front panel ruled in blind, publisher's windmill device stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. A history don at Oxford falls asleep during a seance and is possessed by A Master Spirit from Mars. "He becomes Lord Paramount of England and dismisses Parliament. War between America and England ensues, but in the end it is all a dream" (Gerber). Among the characters is a thinly disguised caricature of Winston Churchill. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 59. Gerber, Utopian Literature (1973), p. 151. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 190. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15008. Hammond B15. Wells Society 109. A bright, nearly fine copy in good four-color pictorial dust jacket (wraparound illustration by David Low) with wear at edges, two chips from top edge of spine panel, several internal tape reinforcements, and faint old creases where once folded for storage. (#91112).
"First published 1930" on copyright page.