THE DROWNED WORLD. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1962. Octavo, gray wrappers printed in black. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first British (and first hardcover) edition. Ballard's second novel. "Some seventy years hence life is only really possible in the Arctic and Antarctic and man is regressing into deeply buried racial memories." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 160. "A marvelous culmination of the long British tradition of disaster stories." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 4-37. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-67. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 35. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 634-38. Wrappers tanned and a bit foxed, a near fine copy. An attractive copy of a rare proof. (#109598).