SHADOW ON THE HEARTH. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1950. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-277 [278-280: blank], black boards lettered in silver. First edition. Signed by Merril on the verso of the half title leaf. Merril's first novel, "the story of a nuclear World War Three [told] in effectively understated fashion from the viewpoint of a housewife; one of the very best stories of nuclear Holocaust, it was televised as Atomic Attack." - The Encyclopedia of Science fiction (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-760. Brians, Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984, p. 259. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 94. In 333. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with wear and several shallow closed tears at top and bottom edges, some tanning, mostly along folds, and dust soiling to rear panel. (#154708).
First edition so stated on copyright page.