THE GIRL IN THE GOLDEN ATOM. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1923. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-341 [342: blank], original light yellow-brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First U.S. edition. Code "I-X" on copyright page. First binding of light yellow-brown cloth stamped in black. Text differs from that of the earlier Methuen edition that was slightly abridged. "The Girl in the Golden Atom," Cummings' first published story, appeared in the 15 March 1919 issue of ALL-STORY WEEKLY. It was an instant success and was followed by a sequel, "People of the Golden Atom," published in ALL-STORY WEEKLY 24 January–28 February 1920. The two stories are here collected as the author's first book. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-54; (1981) 2-19; (1987) 2-22; (1995) 2-28; and (2004) II-294. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 512. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 225. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 63. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 878-82. In 333. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 170. Bleiler (1978), p. 54. Reginald 03691. Top edge of text block a bit dusty, else a fine copy in good yellow dust jacket printed in blue with shelf wear at edges, small chips and short tears along top edge, 50x10 mm vertical chip from spine panel near rear spine fold, some age-darkening to spine panel and flap folds, and some general light dust soiling. Overall, a fairly decent example of a very scarce jacket. (#102709).
First printing has code "I-X" on copyright page.