London: John Long. . First Edition, Second Issue. Hardcover. First Edition. Octavo, original red vertically-ribbed cloth titled and ruled in gilt on spine and front panel.  pp + pp ads +  pp publisher's catalogue "Mr. John Long's Autumn and New Year Announcements 1904-1905" bound in at rear. "Second Edition" on title page, but "First Published in 1904" is on the verso, and the title page is a tipped-in cancel leaf; i.e, the first edition sheets and binding, complete with the same ads, with a tipped in title page, making this technically the first edition, second issue. Small marks to covers, spine panel a bit darkened; a very good clean copy. Very Good. Item #303362
¶ Science fiction as social parable. A young lord is overwhelmed with the hedonism and obscenity present in modern-day London. Attempting suicide, he ends up unconscious; upon awakening, a curious storm has hit London, destroying all clothing, textiles and books. As people learn to live without clothing, people's value's change - they take greater care of their bodies and become healthier, and class distinctions disappear. A new sense of democracy arises, and the culture becomes healthier and more viable. Alas, it is only delirium, and the young Lord has dreamt it all. Still, he has learned from his dreams, as has his fiancee who has overheard a lot of his ravings of the nudist culture during his delirium. A strong point of view to be presented in Edwardian England, but perhaps this is why it was 'all just a dream'.