New York: Cheshire House, 1931. Illustrations by H. Charles Tomlinson. Limited Edition. A Very Good Hardcover.
Limited Edition of 1200 this is Number 50. Quarter leather to decorated paper over boards. Top edge gilt; others rough. 4to; 9.75 inches tall; 359 pages. Four Illustrations. Illustrations by H. Charles Tomlinson. Introduction by H. M. Tomlinson. Designed by Richard W. Ellis.
Spine has been professionally and skillfully replaced with a new spine label. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Minimal shelf handling wear.
Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #011867
A satirical novel by Samuel Butler on Victorian society which uses the Swiftian device of setting his satire in a fictional culture which enabled Butler, as the critic Elinor Shaffer has written, 'to analyze the phenomena of religion their point of genesis, while disclaiming all responsibility for their uncanny parallels to certain known religions.'
The novel is one of the first to explore ideas of artificial intelligence, as influenced by Darwin's recently published On the Origin of Species and the machines developed out of the Industrial Revolution. [wiki]