THE DRAGON IN THE SEA. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1956. Octavo, boards. First edition. A presentation copy with short signed inscription by Herbert to "David" on the title page. First published in 1955 as a serial in ASTOUNDING as "Under Pressure." "Far transcending its routine plot -- a 'subtug' seeks to steal oil deposits from the unspecified enemy's continental shelf, with a crew, one of whom must be a spy (shades of THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER!) -- the story conflates the deep, closed-in submarine environment with the members' psychic stress; they are both materially and mentally 'under pressure.'" - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-523. "A tense undersea thriller with good technical and psychological details." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 106. Herbert's first SF book. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 595-99. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with light rubbing to spine ends and corner tips. A sharp copy. Scarce in this condition. (#140058).
First edition so stated on copyright page.