Perfecting the Earth: A Piece of Possible History
Place Published: Cleveland, OH
Publisher: The Utopia Publishing Company
Date Published: 1902
Book Id: 29183
326pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Green cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles on the spine and front cover. Good. The covers are heavily rubbed, and have a couple of prominent abraded patches. The underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. There are 1/4 inch losses from the cloth at the ends of the slightly rolled spine. The spine is mildly darkened. The cloth along the edges is frayed. The corners of the covers are bumped. The endsheets are cracked along the hinges, and the rear hinge is going. The front endsheet has a former owner's ink stamp, bookplate, brief numerical notation, and a bookseller's small label. The text block is cracked several times. The pages are browned, and have very occasional small light stains. There is a 2 inch long closed tear in the bottom edge of p. 109.
From the Preface- "This is a Utopian book, but its Utopia is not, as Utopias generally are said to be, in the clouds; on the contrary it is worked out with much detail in accordance with a natural order of sequence from existing conditions, with every point definite in time and place, true in all fundamental physical features to the best maps, true also to the law of cause and effect and duly regarding the limitations of nature."