Looking Forward

I wanted to share an oddball title with you today - "Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999." It was written by Arthur Bird, ex-Vice Consul-General of America, Haiti, in 1899. Bird attempted to transport the reader 100 years into the future, or his very idealized vision of the future. It's an interesting political and social fossil:
















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13 comments:

becky up the hill said...

"France Eats Humble Pie". What an amazing and weird book. I love it!

SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Fantastic find!!! 'Looking Forward' is one of the responses to Edward Bellamy's 1888 novel 'Looking Backward, 2000-1887,' a utopian socialist novel about a Bostonian who wakes up in the year 2000. Bellamy's book was one of the bestsellers of the late 19th century.

The utopian enthusiast in me in geeking out right now.

lynx-kitty said...

Oh I would love to read this!

Reading Rambo said...

This is amazing, and I want to read it. Has anyone put it all online?

kriz1818 said...

Wow, that's so amazingly scary.

It's online at the Internet Archive:

http://archive.org/details/lookingforwarddr00bird

Lisa Shafer said...

I find this very tempting, but if it is truly a rare book, it's probably out of my price range. Care to share its price?

techeditor said...

I want that book. I'm going to find it.

mejaka said...

Wow. I wonder if I could locate a copy for my dad...assuming that this copy will be Lisa Shafer's if it's within my range! What an interesting book, and SusieBookworm, thanks for the additional backstory on this volume!

mejaka said...

Wow. I wonder if I could locate a copy for my dad...assuming that this copy will be Lisa Shafer's if it's within my range! What an interesting book, and SusieBookworm, thanks for the additional backstory on this volume!

Michael Popek said...

I just looked around a bit online - there's a print-on-demand copy for $18.00 or so, and vintage copies start at $45 and go up to $250.

We have two copies in stock

Lisa Shafer said...

As I feared, then. Ah well. I did enjoy your photos of the book. :)

Boz said...

I've read the Edward Bellamy book, 'Looking Forward' after coming across it at the exhibition of Sci-Fi at the British Museum. It's really well written, and (I think) is cited as pre-inventing the credit card.

Alas, some of its views on women were less imaginative than the rest of the book..

Michael5000 said...

Ooh, nice! It looks like there was a paperback printing a few years ago.

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