Book Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 368, incl. b/w frontis and full-page illustrations. Original red cloth, spine and upper board lettered and ruled in black, black-stamped Allenson's device to bottom board. Spine sunned, extremities gently bruised, faint spotting to edges. Endpapers toned, foxed, most heavily to front and rear, with a tide mark to gutter of title page. A robust copy of Bowhay's interwar (anti-)utopian novel. Unusual in the trade; Jisc LHD lists eight copies held by British & Irish research libraries (the legal deposit libraries, plus the London Library & UoStrathclyde). Good+
Dealer Notes
Bertha Louisa Bowhay (1873-1948) was a playwright and author, who wrote across genres: her historical novel Caspar: A Medieval Romance (1930) followed Elenchus and was itself followed by Guessing Deeper (1933). Elenchus has been compared to Winifred Hotly's The Astonishing Island (1933), another satirical novel on the traditional island utopia. Set on the fictional Island of Gurm ("off the coast of Guernsey"), "Elenchus makes gentle fun of a utopian idealist who uses his inheritance to experiment with different forms of government." (Albinski, 1988). Bowhay's protagonist is named for the Socratic method of argumentative dialogue. Nan Bowman Albinski (1988) Women's Utopias in British and American Fiction (London: Routledge). Seller Inventory # 2302
Author BOWHAY, B. L. [Bertha Louisa]; LANGDON, Harvey (illustrator)
Date 1929
Publisher London: H. R. Allenson, Limited
Condition Good+

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