LEST DARKNESS FALL. New York: Henry Holt and Company, . Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-ix [x-xii] 1-379 [380: blank], original pictorial black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, top edge stained yellow, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Signed on the half title page by de Camp. The author's first book of fiction. An early classic of modern SF in which the protagonist is thrown back in time to the end of the Roman Empire and makes an unsuccessful attempt to use his modern scientific knowledge to prevent the Dark Ages. "Neat anthropological interpretation of history." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-135. "... de Camp's finest book." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-304. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1198-1203. In 333. Some age-darkening to endpapers, else a fine copy in about good dust jacket with chipping along top edge of front panel, rubbing to folds and edges, several closed tears along folds, and chipping and tape to spine ends and corners. (#149098).
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