Callenbach, Ernest

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Place Published: Berkeley
Publisher: Banyan Tree Books
Date Published: 1975
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 2147


First Printing, cloth issue. Octavo (21cm); hunter green cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [vi],167,[3]pp. Trivial wear to spine ends, else Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, price-clipped, with rubbing to rear panel, a few small nicks and tears, and a shallow chip and scrape at crown.


Scarce hardcover issue of Callenbach's self-published first novel, and ecological utopia now referred to as "the novel that predicted Portland." "Callenbach could not find a publisher for his book in 1974, and was told that it was neither a novel or a tract. "Somebody said the ecology trend was over," he says. "I was on the point of burning it." But he persevered, collecting small checks from friends to pay for 2,500 copies to be printed" (Vaughn, Jacqueline. Environmental Politics: Domestic and Global Dimensions, p.316). Callenbach presents a vision of the future, 19 years after the northwestern U.S. has seceded, as viewed by an American reporter visiting and relaying his observations. "Appropriate technology, environmental concern, improved relationships, concern for the common good, natural recycling, decentralization, willingness to use those machines which are useful but will not harm the environment, cooperation, and careful planning have led to a society not yet utopian, because of external and internal threats, but well on the way" (Lewis, pp.36-38). Reprinted many dozens of times, the first printing - issued simultaneously in wrappers and cloth - is uncommon, particularly in the cloth issue. Sargent, p.161.

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