New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. Hardcover. 285p., 5.25 x 7.75 inches, boards slightly worn, small section of free front endpaper torn off at bottom left corner else very good condition in a worn, browned, and chipped dj with several closed tears at edges. Copy of influential science fiction publisher and founder of DAW books Donald A. Wollheim, with his ownership stamp on free rear endpaper. First edition.
Experimental science fiction novel with transgender themes by the radical writer and contributor to New Masses. "John and Mary, a young married couple, are dissatisfied with their sex roles, each thinking that the other sex has the better of it...they hear of the great Dr. Transit...[and] when the couple learns that Transit can change sexes, Mary decides to appeal to him to transform them". The transformation is successful, but John (now a woman named Joan) is unsatisfied and transforms again, this time into the prophet Jeremiah "who would like to learn the secret of existence through several more transformations...[and] forms a small cult based on Transit, who is now dead...Jeremiah himself undergoes death, expecting a resurrection. He almost makes it." (Everett F. Bleiler, Science Fiction: The Early Years #1160). Grier C*.