[UTOPIAN FICTION] BROOKS, Byron
Boston: Byron A. Brooks, 1893. First Edition. Octavo. Publisher's cloth boards, lettered in gilt; 318pp + 4pp publisher's catalog. Cloth moderately rubbed; pulp endpapers chipped at corners, with front endpaper partially detached at gutter; thin cracks to hinges; a Good copy. With the embossed private ownership stamp of one William H. Hopkins. Futuristic technological utopia (set in the Brooklyn of 1993) in which religion and science have melded, capitalism has been replaced by a co-operative commonwealth, and women are fully equal to men. The author was a wealthy Brooklyn inventor and industrialist who held several dozen typewriter patents (see DAB). According to Roger Stoddard's bibliography of the Arena Publishing Company, only 45 copies of "Earth Revisited" were bound and sold before the company went bankrupt in 1894; our copy appears to be a variant issue from the one Stoddard describes (binding of blue cloth v. green; 4pp ads v. 12pp), but is clearly not a post-bankruptcy remainder (catalog announces B.O. Flower's "The New Time"  as "just published"). In any case, among the scarcer political utopias of the late 19th-century; not in Lewis; 9 locations found via OCLC. NEGLEY 149. SARGENT p.49.