New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888.
First US Edition. Hardcover. Good with no dust jacket. Item #8762
Library rebind in hardcover with original text starting at title page and paperback wraps not retained, library stamps/marks/labels/pocket residue on rear free endpaper, 2" repaired chip on title-page, light tone, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover.; "Walter Besant’s Inner House (1888) revives the House of Salomon, in his College of Physicians. The novel has been justly defined a proto-Brave New World, for the aberrations perpetrated by a despotic lodge of researchers. The villain of the story is Dr. Linister — an obvious portmanteau from Dr. Lister (the inventor of antiseptic dressing) and sinister. In the name of the advancement of medicine, the subjects of the Inner House have become a never-ageing, grey community of lifeless and emotionless individuals; with no conscience of the past, and no concern for a remote future, they are trapped in their everlasting present. This dystopia must have influenced Well’s description of his Eloi in The Time Machine (1895)." - Carla Maria Gnappi; Science and Technology in Victorian Utopias. Reginald 01212. Everett F Bleiler; Science-Fiction: The Early Years; 192. This book is listed as "Just Ready" among works by Besant on copyright page, not even included among the Besant titles in the twelve page catalog bound in rear, and has 1888 date on title page. Likely first US printing of Besant's well-regarded early dystopian novel. ; Ex-Library; 195, 12 ad pages.
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