Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1889.
Soft Cover. 8vo; in the publisher’s printed wrappers; [i-iii] iv-vi, , 8-473 including Bellamy’s Postscript, followed by  pages of publisher’s ads, including an ad for Looking Backward, which has been first published the previous year; in the publihsher’s gray printed wrappers, stating “Ticknor’s Paper Series” and “Number 38, Extra. June 16, 1888”; the title page states “Ninety-first Thousand”; the wrappers have shelf-wear with chipping and soiling; leaf [iii]/iv of the Preface with loss to the bottom corner not affecting any text; several final leaves with corner creases; one of the very earliest printings in wrappers with Ticknor & Company on the front panel replaced by Houghton Mifflin & Co. and the Houghton Mifflin imprint at the bottom of the spine; the BAL notes that June 16, 1888 printing is “just ready” in Publisher’s Weekly adding that Bellamy wrote B. H. Ticknor on May 2 of 1888 “...I very much applaud your conclusion to issue a cheap edition at once...”. There is a previous owner name penned at the top of the title page.~~Looking Backward is generally regarded as the most significant American utopiannovel. The Grolier Club’s One Hundred Influential American Books Printed Before 1900 asserts that “[t]his is the most famous American utopian romance” and that “Bellamy’s arguments for a socialist state, devoid of production for privage profit, concentrations of wealth, and social inequalities, were presented so convincingly as reforms already accomplished that they easily roused the imagination of people ready for a new deal”. Barron, in Anatomy of Wonder, “[b]y far the most influential American euchronian novel”. (BAL 956; Anatomy of Wonder, II-102; Grolier Club,One Hundred Influential American Books Printed ~Before 1900, 90; Wright III, 460).