Butler (Samuel) - Erewhon or Over the Range.


Butler (Samuel) - Erewhon or Over the Range.

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Erewhon or Over the Range. By Samuel Butler. 8vo, 19,5cm,, pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-246 [247-248: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], London: Trubner & Co., 1872.
Original bevel-edged brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, brown coated endpapers. Some wear to edges of spine, remain of W.H. Subscription Library labels to front endpapers. A good copy of an uncommon first.
First edition of Butler's first novel, published anonymously at his own expense. A classic Utopian satire with a good deal in common with News from Nowhere, by William Morris. (It is set in a New Zealand utopia where machines have been banned for many years, because - in harsh parody of Darwin's theory of evolution, which Butler disliked - of human fears that machines, in their rapid evolutionary progress, would soon supplant Man).

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