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  • PROUD MAN. by [Burdekin, Katharine] Constantine, Murray.
    [Burdekin, Katharine] Constantine, Murray.
    PROUD MAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Boriswood, 1934. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of this important feminist work of speculative fiction, in which a Genuine Person is hurtled back from thousands of years in the future into the troubled world of England in the 30s. Although favorably reviewed at the time (Edwin Muir called the first chapter of this novel, a 'brilliant piece of work'), Burdekin's works (which were published under the pseudonym of Murray Constantine) were almost forgotten until the Feminist Press began to re-issue them in the United States.

    Condition: Good only in blue cloth with some fading and rubbing to the lettering on the spine, slight spine slant, previous owner's name - but still a reasonably copy of a hard to find book.

    Book ID: 16725
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  • WALKAWAY. by Doctorow, Cory.
    Doctorow, Cory.
    WALKAWAY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. SIGNED first edition - After watching the breakdown of modern society, Hubert, Etc, has nowhere left to be except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. But when he falls in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society and walk away. But it is still a "dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike." SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 379 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated orange wrappers with a cut-out on the front cover.

    Book ID: 70318
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  • WALKAWAY. by Doctorow, Cory.
    Doctorow, Cory.
    WALKAWAY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. First edition - After watching the breakdown of modern society, Hubert, Etc, has nowhere left to be except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. But when he falls in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society and walk away. But it is still a "dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike." 379 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated orange wrappers with a cut-out on the front cover.

    Book ID: 74949
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  • THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS. by Du Bois, William Pene (1916 - 1993)
    Du Bois, William Pene (1916 - 1993)
    THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - A charming story of a retired San Francisco professor of arithmetic who - after years of dealing with unruly boys in the classroom - wants nothing more than peace and quiet, and so he devises the idea of a gentle balloon flight around the world. Things don't turn out quite as he expects when he crash lands his balloon on the island of Krakatoa, shortly before it erupts. There he discovers an strange society of nothing but billionaires - all from San Francisco - supported by a hidden diamond mine. A wonderful combination of gentle humor, utopianism, adventure, some surrealist fantasy, a bit of steampunk and factual information…

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    New York: The Viking Press, (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - A charming story of a retired San Francisco professor of arithmetic who - after years of dealing with unruly boys in the classroom - wants nothing more than peace and quiet, and so he devises the idea of a gentle balloon flight around the world. Things don't turn out quite as he expects when he crash lands his balloon on the island of Krakatoa, shortly before it erupts. There he discovers an strange society of nothing but billionaires - all from San Francisco - supported by a hidden diamond mine. A wonderful combination of gentle humor, utopianism, adventure, some surrealist fantasy, a bit of steampunk and factual information ("Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened'), including some real balloon inventions, illustrated with delightful pencil drawings the by author. Although set in 1883, this was written for a world just emerging from World War II - in fact, the first paragraphs which contrasts the speed of different forms of travel refers to changes coming in the Atomic Age - and so one can understand the appeal of this book which depicts a world of wonders far removed from war. Winner of the 1948 Newbery award. SIGNED on the front endpaper by du Bois. 180 pp.

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    Condition: Just about fine in a fair only dust jacket (the dust jacket is missing approximately 2 inches at the top of the spine, has rubbing and wear at the folds, chipping at the corners, with the original price of $2.50 on the dj flap) Dust jacket is now protected by an archival cover, and it did protect the book.

    Book ID: 79047
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  • Hall, Lynn.
    TOO NEAR TO THE SUN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago & New York Follet Publishing Company. 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - Young adult novel set in the utopian community of Icaria in Iowa in 1875 in the years before the 'wings of Etienne Cabot's dream began to melt' as the younger members resisted the socialism of the community. Illustrated with woodcuts by Stefan Martin. ISBN: 0-695-40069X.

    Condition: Near fine in very good+ dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17970
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  • LOOKING FORWARD: The Phenomenal Progress of Electricity in 1912. by Hillman, H. W.
    Hillman, H. W.
    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.

    Book ID: 72942
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  • HE, SHE, IT by Piercy, Marge
    Piercy, Marge
    HE, SHE, IT

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Piercy's highly praised science fiction novel - an interweaving of 2 stories, one that of a young woman in the 21st century in the vast toxic wasteland that used to be North America, the other a kabbalist in the 16th century in Prague's Jewish ghetto. ISBN: 0-679-404082.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 42058
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  • Piercy, Marge
    HE, SHE, IT

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Piercy's highly praised science fiction novel - an interweaving of 2 stories, one that of a young woman in the 21st century in the vast toxic wasteland that used to be North America, the other a kabbalist in the 16th century in Prague's Jewish ghetto.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. A relatively uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 19559
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  • HE, SHE, IT by Piercy, Marge
    Piercy, Marge
    HE, SHE, IT

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Piercy's highly praised science fiction novel - an interweaving of 2 stories, one that of a young woman in the 21st century in the vast toxic wasteland that used to be North America, the other a kabbalist in the 16th century in Prague's Jewish ghetto. ISBN: 0-679-404082.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 17629
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  • ANGEL IN THE FOREST. by Young, Marguerite (Introduction by Mark Van Doren.)
    Young, Marguerite (Introduction by Mark Van Doren.)
    ANGEL IN THE FOREST.

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1966.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A reissue of her first book (originally published in 1945) with a new introduction by Mark Van Doren. This nonfiction work is a chronicle of two Utopian experiments in Indiana early in the nineteenth century. Father George Rapp, a German mystic, founded the first of these communities in 1814. and when he gave up in 1825, he sold the land to Robert Owen, the father of British socialism. Owen created New Harmony, which sought to show the way toward a rational order, but which became a debacle in just 2 years. xiii, 331 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a good dustjacket. (two long tape-repaired tears on back cover of dj, with associated creasing.)

    Book ID: 41182
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