1884 Rare Book set - THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS, Utopian & Early Science Fiction Masterpiece.
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Author: Robert Paltock.
Title: THE LIFE and ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS. With a Preface by A.H. Bullen.
Publisher: London, Reeves & Turner, 1884. First with the Bullen introduction (first published in 1751).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7 " X 4.5 ".
Pages: xxxii-272, xii-300 pages.
Binding: Good tan half morocco leather binding (hinges and covers worn and scuffed but still tight - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edges gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, light toning to pages - as shown, upper inner hinge of front endpaper of volume II worn - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 6 full-page illustrations (one folding illustration).
The book: This 1884 edition of "THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS, A CORNISH MAN" is a classic piece of early science fiction and utopian literature. Authored by Robert Paltock, it recounts the thrilling escapades of its protagonist in a fantastical world. "THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS" follows Peter, a Cornish man who finds himself shipwrecked on a mysterious, isolated island. As he delves deeper into this strange new world, he encounters the "Gawry", a winged humanoid race. As he assimilates into their society, love and familial ties develop. The narrative combines elements of utopia with the challenges and moral quandaries that arise when two vastly different civilizations intersect.
The author: Robert Paltock was an English author and lawyer. Though he penned "THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS" in 1751, which garnered admiration and intrigue due to its imaginative richness, Paltock did not achieve widespread fame during his lifetime. However, posthumously, his work was recognized for its pioneering contribution to science fiction and utopian genres. With its blend of adventure, romance, and moral examination, it stands as a testament to Paltock's unique literary vision.
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