THE DEATH GUARD. London: Hutchinson & Company, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5  7-8 [9-10] 11-431 [432: blank] + 52-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. The author's only novel, virtually forgotten until its 1992 reissue. "A vegetable species of humanoid automatons -- the 'Flesh Guard' -- is developed to defend Britain against her enemies, who are similarly developing new armaments. When World War II breaks out, the resultant orgy of destruction soon reaches horrific levels ... An extrapolation of the logic of such texts as Bell's THE SEVENTH BOWL (1930) and McIlraith and Connolly's INVASION FROM THE AIR (1934) to its unpleasant extreme." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-227. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 74. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 49. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1948), p.74; (1978), p. 41. Reginald 02793. Gold lettering on spine panel just a bit dull, corner tips lightly worn, page edges and preliminaries foxed, a very good copy. A superior copy of a legendary genre rarity. OCLC reports 6 copies of the 1939 edition, but 4 of them are actually the 1992 Roc paperback reprint; the two first editions are held by Colorado State University (status "not available," so apparently lost) and Eastern New Mexico University; we know of three others in private collections. (#147749).
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