LOOKING FORWARD: The Phenomenal Progress of Electricity in 1912.
Edition: First edition.
Northhampton, MA: Valley View Publishing Co., 1906. Hardcover first edition - Dedicated to Edward Bellamy, this is somewhat of a sequel to his "Looking Backward" (the "1912" in the title is based on 25 years after Looking Backward was published). While written as a novel, the story only very thinly overlays the discussion of how cheap and clean electricity (mostly from hydropower) can transform the world. Includes an interesting chapter on rebuilding San Francisco after the earthquake. However, despite the fact that this is only set a few years into the future, it was far too optimistic - more than 100 years later, we are still dependent on dirty fossil fuels. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 5 glossy plates by W. L. Greene. 320 pp.
Condition: Fair condition only in blue cloth with white lettering - lettering is totally rubbed off the spine, and significantly rubbed on front cover, stain to bottom edge of textblock, but despite the flaws this is still quite sturdy and readable.