Freeland: A Social Anticipation. UTOPIAN FICTION, Theodor Hertzka, transl Arthur Ransom.

Freeland: A Social Anticipation

New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1891. First American Edition. Excellent copy of Hertzka's influential Utopia, first published at Leipzig in 1890; the English translation appeared the same year, with the rather less common American edition following a year later. "As fiction "Freiland"...(is) not important, but the society portrayed -- the gentle, pleasant, though hard-working life of Freeland's inhabitants -- is certainly high on the scale of major utopian proposals" (Lewis, p.89).

This copy with the ownership signature of Arthur S. Pier, dated Cambridge 1894; this is almost certainly Arthur Stanwood Pier (1874-1966), author of several novels set at Harvard University, a history of Harvard, and (most famously) the popular series of juvenile novels set at the fictional St. Timothy's school (obviously based upon St. Paul's, Pier's alma-mater), including "Boys of St. Timothy's" (1904); "Harding of St. Timothy's" (1905); and five others. Pier also edited the Harvard alumni magazine until 1930. Publisher's green cloth boards, stamped in gilt; xxiv, 443pp; 12pp publisher's catalogue at rear. Small repaired nick to front cover cloth, else a tight, handsome copy with only trivial rubbing to board edges and spine ends. Ownership signature of Arthur S. Pier (see note below), with scattered pencil marginalia, presumably in Pier's hand. LEWIS p.87. NEGLEY 562 (the London edition).

Price: $250.00

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