LAST AND FIRST MEN: A STORY OF THE NEAR AND FAR FUTURE

Stapledon, William Olaf

Edité par Methuen & Co. Ltd. [1930]., 1930
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Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-xi [xii] 1-355 [356: printer's imprint] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated "630" at bottom of page 8 inserted at rear, original dark blue cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first impression. Variant with 8-page publisher's catalogue dated "630" inserted at rear. Published 23 October 1930. 2036 copies printed. "The author's first work of fiction, inaugurating those anatomies of the future that blend romance and philosophy, spectacle and prophecy, cosmological in scope, teleological in tone, for which the term 'novel' is wholly misleading. With its telescopic focus, the Stapledonian romance eschews characters and dialogue, replacing them with Man and Evolution. The half-century to come, as predicted by the author in his foreword, would indeed be critical, coinciding with the high watermark of those social engineering schemes that seemed so congruent with the kind of utopian visions emblazoned here." - Robert Eldridge. ". one of the most remarkable imaginative works in the field of futuristic fiction: an account of human development during the next hundreds of millions of years." - Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. "On his own terms, Stapledon is unequaled, and he certainly has been one of the major influences on contemporary science fiction." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1140-43. "LAST AND FIRST MEN and STAR MAKER soar far beyond the accepted limits of science fiction. Stapledon is the great classical example, the cold pitch of perfection as he turns scientific concepts into vast ontological epic prose poems, the ultimate SF writer." - Aldiss, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Stapledon's "influence, both direct and indirect, on the development of many concepts which now permeate genre SF is probably second only to that of H. G. Wells." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-53. Aldiss, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-56; (1981) 2-98; (1987) 2-109; (1995) 2-119; and (2004) II-1069. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2086. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 718. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-52. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 151. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 204-05. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 190. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 200-03. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1140-43. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 185. Reginald 13553. Satty and Smith A3.1.1. A fine copy in very good plus yellow-orange printed dust jacket with some light edge wear, some fraying and minor loss at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, 18 mm closed tear at lower rear spine fold, and some rubbing along flap folds. This book is quite scarce in jacket. A very nice copy of this influential book. (#114649). N° de réf. du libraire

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Titre : LAST AND FIRST MEN: A STORY OF THE NEAR AND ...
Éditeur : Methuen & Co. Ltd. [1930].
Date d'édition : 1930

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Stapledon, W. Olaf (William Olaf)
Edité par Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York (1931)
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Description du livre Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York, 1931. Hardcover. First American edition. 371pp. Duodecimo [19.5 cm] Tan cloth over boards with a brown ink stamped title on the spine. Currey "B" binding. Very good. The spine ends and corners of the covers are a bit dinged. From the collection of Berkeley book collector and letter press printer, John Ruyle, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Clareson 718 (The earlier UK edition). Reginald 13553 (UK edition). With a new foreword. The first book by Stapledon, and a future history science fiction novel, praised by such writers as Arthur C. Clarke. The novel takes place two billion years into the future. N° de réf. du libraire 39162

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Description du livre Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith [1931]., New York, 1931. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] vii-ix [x] xi [xii] xiii-xvi 1-371 [372: blank], original purple cloth, all panels ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained black, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. First U.S. edition, first binding. "The author's first work of fiction, inaugurating those anatomies of the future that blend romance and philosophy, spectacle and prophecy, cosmological in scope, teleological in tone, for which the term 'novel' is wholly misleading. With its telescopic focus, the Stapledonian romance eschews characters and dialogue, replacing them with Man and Evolution. The half-century to come, as predicted by the author in his foreword, would indeed be critical, coinciding with the high watermark of those social engineering schemes that seemed so congruent with the kind of utopian visions emblazoned here." - Robert Eldridge. ". one of the most remarkable imaginative works in the field of futuristic fiction: an account of human development during the next hundreds of millions of years." - Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. "On his own terms, Stapledon is unequaled, and he certainly has been one of the major influences on contemporary science fiction." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1140-43. "LAST AND FIRST MEN and STAR MAKER soar far beyond the accepted limits of science fiction. Stapledon is the great classical example, the cold pitch of perfection as he turns scientific concepts into vast ontological epic prose poems, the ultimate SF writer." - Aldiss, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Stapledon's "influence, both direct and indirect, on the development of many concepts which now permeate genre SF is probably second only to that of H. G. Wells." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-53. Aldiss, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-56; (1981) 2-98; (1987) 2-109; (1995) 2-119; and (2004) II-1069. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2086. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 718. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-52. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 151. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 204-05. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 190. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 200-03. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1140-43. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 185. Reginald 13553. Satty and Smith A3.2.1. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. A fine copy in fine pictorial dust jacket (designed by Arthur Hawkins). A stunning copy of a very handsome book. (#114650). N° de réf. du libraire 114650

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