New York: The Macmillan Company, 1908. 4 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth decorated in light blue and gilt.
First Edition of this futuristic (and socialistic) fantasy written in 1906. Discovered hundreds of years in the future, a 1932 manuscript details the 1912-1918 events leading to the fascist totalitarian takeover of the United States by the "Iron Heel," an organization of industrial monopolies. THE IRON HEEL "has never enjoyed the fame of BRAVE NEW WORLD or 1984 but... it has greater claims than either as a forecast of things to come: the reader of the present knows that everything described actually came to pass" [CGEL].
As a vision of the rise of totalitarian power, THE IRON HEEL... shook the democratic Socialist leaders in 1906. It shakes the modern reader, especially as the first assault of fascism has come and gone -- and like the hydra, grows its heads again in South America and Africa. It is more than a blueprint for class war, it is a dark glimpse of the Gotterdammerung of human society. In it, Jack conjured up from his nightmares his inner conviction that the struggle must be long and murderous before the rule of the beast. [Sinclair]
This is a bright, close-to-fine copy (ownership signature on the title page). Sisson & Martens p. 40; Blanck 11908. Item #14906