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    H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham: His Remarkable Adventures in this Changing World. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. First edition. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-370 [371-372: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], ten inserted double-page plates with illustrations by David Low, original red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's windmill device stamped in blind on rear panel. Top edge of text block a bit dusty, a bright, near fine copy in good four-color pictorial dust jacket (wraparound illustration by David Low) with chips from head and tail of spine panel and lower edges of front and rear panels, some wear along top edges with some fraying and short closed tears, darkening to spine panel, light soiling and several internal tape mends.

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    A history don at Oxford falls asleep during a seance and is possessed by A Master Spirit from Mars. "He becomes Lord Paramount of England and dismisses Parliament. War between America and England ensues, but in the end it is all a dream" (Gerber). Among the characters is a thinly disguised caricature of Winston Churchill. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 59. Gerber, Utopian Literature (1973), p. 151. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 190. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15008. See Hammond B15. See Wells Society 109.

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