New York: The Charlton Company, 1915. First Edition. Octavo (24.5cm); twelve monthly issues bound into rust-colored pictorial cloth boards, with titling and decorative elements stamped in black; 336,pp. Preliminary leaf has two neat rubber-stamps at upper and lower margins, holograph notation in pencil along left margin ("Gift - National Woman's Party 3-29-46"), and discreet blindstamp of the University of Southern California Library; two rubber-stamps to lower edge of textblock; Very Good.
Second volume in Gilman's feminist utopian trilogy, preceded by Moving the Mountain (1911), and concluding with With Her in Ourland (1916). "In a remote area cut off from the rest of the world by a natural disaster two thousand years ago (all the men being away at war) women have developed an all female society, made possible by the sudden appearance of parthenogenesis among them following the disaster. Motherhood, education, and community are the key concepts of this gentle, untroubled land. Three American adventurers are welcomed both as sources of information about the outside world and because - to the delight of all inhabitants who are anxious to have the offspring of these unions join the population - each marries a citizen of the country" (LEWIS, p.72). A key feminist utopia, which would not see publication in book format until 1979. SCHARNHORST 651.