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HALDANE, Charlotte.

Man's World.

London, Chatto and Windus, 1926 Stock Code: 136919

A rare dystopia by a notable feminist, possibly influencing Brave New World

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First edition, sole impression, of this rare and significant dystopian novel by feminist author Charlotte Haldane (1894-1969), her first book. Charlotte was a journalist with the Daily Express from 1920, and was a vocal advocate for divorce reform, employment for married women, and access to contraception. In 1924 she interviewed the biologist J. B. S. Haldane, and not long after she divorced her first husband, marrying Haldane in 1926. In the same year she published her first novel. Man's World, set in the 21st century, imagines "a futuristic society in which female reproduction is rigourously controlled within a rigid caste system ruled and regulated by the masculine figure of the scientist" (Gamble, Gender and Science in Charlotte Haldane's A Man's World). The book's possible influence upon Huxley's Brave New World (1932) has been much debated; the Huxleys and Haldanes, two notable scientific families, were well acquainted. Haldane herself reviewed Brave New World when it came out, notably making no mention of her own antecedent contribution to the genre. This is the first time we have handled a copy, and can trace no examples having emerged at auction.

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Octavo. Original red cloth, titles gilt to spine, top edge dyed red. With the printed dust jacket.


Slight toning to cloth along top edge, small patch of offsetting to both endpapers, otherwise effectively a fine copy, with the jacket minimally rubbed two minor marks to rear panel and one to bottom edge of front panel, slight general dust-soiling and dulling to titles, but nonetheless in exceptional condition.


Bleiler, Science-Fiction 983.


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