RAGNAROK. London: Duckworth, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-8 [9-10] 11-351 [352: printer's imprint], original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first issue. "After a disastrous world war what is left of mankind takes to caves, sewers and underground dwellings." - Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 53. "An extravagant future war story in which air fleets devastate the cities of the world using a combination of chemical and biological weapons and high explosives ... Desmond went on to produce the more modest CHAOS (1938) and BLACK DAWN (1944) when he had formed a clearer picture in his mind of what World War II would actually entail." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-322. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-22; (1987) 2-26, and (1995) 2-31. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy, p. 149. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749, p. 238. Bleiler (1978), p. 60. Reginald 04252. Spine panel sunned, top edge dusty, endpapers a bit tanned, a very good copy in nearly fine pictorial 7/6 dust jacket with faint vertical and horizontal creases where once folded to be laid into the book. Apparently Desmond's file copy with his name and address written on the front free endpaper and his extensive handwritten notes about the novel throughout the text. (#149476).
"First Published 1926" on copyright page.