New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1903.
First Edition. Hardcover.
Very Good Condition / No Dust Jacket.
Sweven is the pseudonym of John Macmillan Brown (1845-1935) who was Chancellor of the University of New Zealand from 1923 until his death. First reviews of this groundbreaking work of science fiction noted that its philosophical content surpasses Plato, that it is a "tour de force of scientific imagination," and that its author is "in advance of Darwin and Rousseau as a thinker." The Island of Progress is the second of a two part story in which a utopian society is described in great detail. If you care for great science fiction, rich with philosophical and technical imagination, this is for you. 711 pages. Book is in Very Good Minus condition, by which we mean it has some marks of age and/or wear from light handling, but is still a desirable copy. Some splotching to cover especially along front bottom and side edge. Cloth fraying in very small spot on bottom edge of back board. Small white dot on back board spine fold near bottom edge. Back outside corners very lightly bumped. Front endpaper missing. Light foxing first/last few pages and occasionally throughout. Small open tear to bottom of rear endpaper. Creasing to rear endpaper. Light soiling to rear endpapers. Shipped Weight: .9 kilos.