Item #5285 Looking Backward: 2000-1887. Edward Bellamy.
Looking Backward: 2000-1887
Looking Backward: 2000-1887
Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1898. Memorial edition. 8vo, 337pp. Introduction by Sylvester Baxter.
Publisher's blind and black stamped, green cloth in plain printed jacket. A nearly fine copy with light wear at spine ends and corner tips in very good jacket with some edge chipping and staining.

Memorial edition, stated four hundred and eighteenth thousand, of Edward Bellamy's classic utopian, socialist science fiction novel.  The work details the time travel of the protagonist, Julian West, and his awakening in a socialist utopian Boston some 113 years after falling into a hypnosis-induced sleep.  This memorial edition was published in the year of Bellamy's death, 1898, ten years after its original appearance.  The book was hugely influential and successful, being published in a time of economic and social unrest, and sparked many related works into existence, including a sequel by Bellamy on women's rights, Equality.

This memorial edition contains an original introduction by Boston area newspaper writer, politician, and developer, Sylvester Baxter (1850-1927).   Baxter founded the First Nationalist Club of Boston in 1889, which promoted the ideas of Bellamy's novel.  

An important edition of a seminal work which is extremely uncommon in jacket.  

Anatomy of Wonder II-102.  BAL 956.  Locke,  A Spectrum of Fantasy, pg 31.
. Item #5285

Price: $750.00

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