MEN LIKE GODS. London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd, [1923]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [i-vi] vii-viii [1-2] 3-304 [305-308 blank] [note: first two and last two leaves are blanks used as front and rear paste-downs and free endpapers], original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition. Probable second binding with "Cassell" at base of spine stamped in blind. The author's second major Utopian fantasy and, according to some critics, his best. "Three carloads of Earthlings, accidentally transported into an anarchistic 'Utopia' based on science and rationalistic social planning, react with the violence and bigotry which the author regards as characteristic of capitalism... When Wells came to write MEN LIKE GODS he was a personage, a spokesman for an ideology; and the book is largely a forum in which to air his program for social amelioration, rather than a work of imagination." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1375-79. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-172; (1981) 2-116; (1987) 2-129); (1995) 2-139; and (2004) II-1229. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2344. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 148. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 206. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1181. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 171. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1375-79. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15049. Currey, p. 521. Hammond B13. Wells 80. Wells Society 85. A fine copy in very good printed dust jacket with age-darkening to spine panel, 18 mm closed tear at upper front spine fold, and a touch of general dust soiling. (#91124).

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