First Edition, First Printing with the Portrait Frontispiece 'Natasha' by E S Hope and Illustrated Plates by Fred T Jane, states FIRST EDITION to the title page, published in 1893 by Tower Publishing Company, Ltd.
Condition; VG+ Original publisher's blue illustrated cloth with gilt stamped titles and bevel edged boards. Light rubbing to the corners and to the spine tips otherwise the cloth is very clean indeed, the spine is unfaded and the gilt-stamping is bright and fresh. 393pp, all Fred T Jane's weird and wonderful illustrations are present, the pages are very clean and tightly bound. A very handsome copy of this scarce title.
The author's hugely influential first novel is a weird, visionary masterpiece which pre-emps the destructive powers of advancing technologies and aerial warfare, essentially written from a socialist, pro-nihilist stance and concerns 'The Brotherhood of Freedom' also known as 'The Terror'. If Jules Verne's Futuristic Air Fantasies are your thing you'll enjoy this, which also sits with work on similar themes by M P Shiel and H G Wells. It seems that Griffith's welcomed some form of apocalyptic 'shake-up' with open arms but died before being able to witness the reality and effects of the Great War. Michael Moorcock described the book as 'controlled imaginative flight' It is covered in all major Genre Bibliographies. From 'Angel of the Revolution':
"To-night that spark was to be shaken from the torch of Revolution, and to-morrow the first of the mines would explode...the armies of Europe would fight their way through the greatest war that the world had ever seen."