THE MACHINE STOPS. London: Robert Hale & Co., . Octavo, pp. [1-10] 11-284 [285-288: blank] [note: first two and last two leaves are blanks; the two preliminary blanks were excised by the binder], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. A notable tale "emphasizing the vulnerability of modern civilization by following the imagined consequences of a 'plague' that destroys all metals. As the new barbarians gather to sack the last enclaves of rural harmony, a young genius tries to save the world by making an alloy that can resist the corrosion." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-116. Reprinted in FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, March 1945. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-95; (1987) 2-106; and (2004) II-1055. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 70. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1126. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 153. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 202. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516- 1985, p. 210. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 182. Reginald 13400. Private owner's embossed stamp on front free endpaper. shallow stains to cloth along upper edges of front and rear covers, a bit of foxing to fore-edges of a few leaves, mostly at rear, still a clean, tight, very good copy. A very scarce book. (#149565).
"First published 1936" on copyright page.