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GALIER, W.H. - A Visit to Blestland.

Melbourne, George Robertson 1896. Octavo publisher's green cloth (front board flecked); [8],310pp. Still a rather good, bright copy. ¶ First edition of this Australian utopian fantasy, of socialist and republican bent the book is dedicated to the 'world's workers'. Though fairly profligate with words the author has economised by embodying the evils of law and religion in one character: the villain is a lawyer who, finding no use for his profession in Blestland, turns to missionising. Blestland itself is another planet and the advances of the inhabitants are social rather than technological - transport is by unremarkable carriage or train - and there is surprisingly little description of Blestland or its native inhabitants. Instead the action centres around a representative group of troublesome Sydney characters mysteriously transported to the planet, some while boating up middle harbour. And we thought they were living in Castlecrag.
AUD 350.00 [Appr.: EURO 228 US$ 267.76 | £UK 201.25 | JP¥ 30151] Book number 7920

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