Title Odd John: A Story Between Jest And Earnest (+ mint facsimile dj).
Book Condition Spine a little dulled, a VG copy (+ mint facsimile dustjacket).
Edition First edition (& 2nd binding state).
Publisher Methuen & Co Ltd: London. 1935.
Seller ID 37422
Classic sf novel. ''First published in 1935'' on the copyright page: blue cloth spine lettered in dark blue: eight-page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, with date ''835'' (ie. August 1935) at bottom of the last page, and lists Odd John on the first page. This is the second hardcover binding state (the first state is identical, but has date ''535'' (May 1935) on page eight of the catalogue, with no mention of Odd John) - see L. W. Currey: SF & Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography Of First Printings Of Their Fiction, page 467.
''In Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest (1935) the individual Superman appears, although his attributes are spiritual and intellectual, quite divorced from the supermen of the comics and pulp magazines. John recapitulates in his own evolution some of the characteristics of the Second, Third and Fifth Men. After founding an Island community purged of normal humans, and creating a Utopia there, he and his fellow ''supernormals'', who comprise an early version of the Pariah Elite, finally achieve something akin to the wisdom of the Eighteenth Men; a spiritual gain which costs them their lives: when normal humans threaten to destroy their island - understandably, given the proto-Nazi experiments in eugenics, committed upon normals, that deface any ''supernormal'' claim to have achieved a higher state - they destroy themselves rather than fight back'' (Mike Ashley & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition). ***click on the author to see an additional scan of the book itself (without the dustjacket)***