THE ADVENTURE OF WYNDHAM SMITH. London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-284 [285-288: ads], original orange cloth, front and spine panel stamped in black, publisher's device stamped in black on rear cover. First edition. A scarce and highly regarded novel of a world of the far future which is operated entirely by automatic machinery. Man ultimately opts for universal euthanasia. "One of their number, whose identity is fused with the psyche of a man of our time, saves himself and a woman, but must then face the threat of mechanical killers programed to hunt them down. Expanded from the short story 'Original Sin;' the most scathing of Fowler Wright's denunciations of the leisure society." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-148. The novel was reprinted in FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-125; (1987) 2-138; (1995) 2-148; and (2004) II-1288. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 74. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 154. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 235. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1218. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 217. Bleiler (1978), p. 212. Reginald 15652. Cloth just a bit darkened, ghost of small "Boots" label on front cover, else a clean, tight, very good copy. A well above average copy of an uncommon book. (#96084).
"First printing 1938" on copyright page.