Scarce Futurist Book.
EVANS, I.O. The World of Tomorrow. London: Denis Archer, 1933.
8vo., publisher's cloth-backed translucent "Rhodoid" boards with city scene to upper cover and blurb to rear; pp. 163, [i]; with 24 "Diophane" photo-mechanical plates; rather foxed, spine a little frayed and grubby, just starting, with some overall cockling, and chipping to edges of plastic covers; spine a little frayed; still a remarkable survival.
First edition of this scarce futurist book.
Idrisyn Oliver Evans (1894–1977) was a South African-born editor and author. He lived in the UK from an early age, and was a UK civil servant from 1912. His passion for science fiction is evident in this, The World of Tomorrow–A Junior Book of Forecasts, concerning possible future inventions, and partly illustrated with reproductions of artwork from science fiction magazines. It can, thus, be seen as one of the first anthologies of science fiction illustration.
By 1937, Evans was joining science fiction groups and had written an article for the July issue of Armchair Science. He was perhaps best known for translating of the works of Jules Verne, although he also penned a number of other historical novels featuring inventions. In 1966, he edited a work called Science Fiction through the Ages.
The World of Tomorrow discusses new sources of power, communications, space travel, war and transport, among many other subjects. The text is permeated with images of turbine generators, gyro-trains, space rockets, artificial planets and super-calculators. He cites the works of Huxley, Russell and Sinclair as his sources of inspiration. Many of his inventions are fantastical but others, such as the Solar motor and the teletypewriter, are surprisingly accurate.