First edition, second issue. Variant binding. Publisher's original dark red paper-covered boards with titles in black to the upper board and spine. A very good copy, the binding firm with a slight lean to the spine, a little chipping to the spine ends and minor rubbing to the extremities. The contents with the contemporary engraved bookplate of May Crawley to the front pastedown, minor wear to the front hinge, a little spotting to the first couple of text pages and the occasional mark to page margins are otherwise in good order and clean throughout.

Second state of the first edition with title error corrected and appendix at end. Shaw's first published novel, originally serialised in ToDay in 1884. Shaw later explained that he had intended the work, documenting contemporary social conditions and depicting the nascent socialist movement of the 1880s, as the first section of a planned, monumental portrayal of the downfall of capitalism.

Stock code: 18944


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