STAR MAKER

Price: 12,500.00 USD

London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1937. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-ix [x] xi-xii 1-339 [340: printer's imprint], original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in red. First edition, first impression, first issue. 2513 copies of this issue were distributed. The author's fourth novel, often regarded as Stapledon's greatest work, and one of the very few truly seminal modern SF novels. "... mind-boggling imaginative tour de force..." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2150-55. "... a tremendously exciting exposition of Stapledon's philosophy, which extends his thought to its logical conclusion." - Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-60. "A magnificent work by any standards; the most important speculative work of the period." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-121. "LAST AND FIRST MEN is just slightly an atheist's tract, based largely on nineteenth-century thought, and in particular on Winwood Reade's MARTYRDOM OF MAN. In STAR MAKER, the atheism has become a faith in itself, so that it inevitably approaches higher religion, which is bodied forth on a genuinely new twentieth-century perception of cosmology. It therefore marks a great step forward in Stapledon's art, the thought unfolding with little sense of strain through chapter after chapter. It is magnificent. It is almost unbearable ... LAST AND FIRST MEN and STAR MAKER soar far beyond the accepted limits of science fiction ... Stapledon is the great classical example, the cold pitch of perfection as he turns scientific concepts into vast ontological epic prose poems, the ultimate SF writer." - Aldiss and Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction, p. 198. Stapledon's "influence, both direct and indirect, on the development of many concepts which now permeate genre SF is probably second only to that of H. G. Wells." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1151-53. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-101; (1987) 2-112; and (2004) II-1072. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1514. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 722. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 72. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 153. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 205. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 215. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 209-12. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 185. Reginald 13562. Satty and Smith A7.1.1.1. Some patchy spotting to spine panel (appears to be old mildew marks), some age-darkening to paste-downs and thin vertical strip of free endpapers near gutter margins, touch of dust soiling to top edge of text block, a nearly fine copy in bright, near fine first issue pictorial dust jacket (price "8s. 6d. net" at base of front flap not clipped or canceled) with light age-darkening to spine panel and inner surfaces of flaps (no show through on outer surfaces) and light dust soiling to spine and rear panels. The front panel of this striking jacket (designed by Bip Pares) is very bright and overall, the jacket is quite attractive. Nice copies of this book are elusive. (#111970) First edition, first impression, first issue. Some patchy spotting to spine panel (appears to be old mildew marks), some age-darkening to paste-downs and thin vertical strip of free endpapers near gutter margins, touch of dust soiling to top edge of text block, a nearly fine copy in bright, near fine first issue pictorial dust jacket (price "8s. 6d. net" at base of front flap not clipped or canceled) with light age-darkening to spine panel and inner surfaces of flaps (no show through on outer surfaces) and light dust soiling to spine and rear panels. The front panel of this striking jacket (designed by Bip Pares) is very bright and overall, the jacket is quite attractive. Nice copies of this book are elusive. (#111970).


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