EXPEDITION TO EARTH. New York: Ballantine Books, . Large octavo, plain gray wrappers, Ballantine Books mailing label pasted onto front cover with typewritten publication data, black plastic spiral spine. Advance copy (bound unpaged galley proofs) of the first edition. Clarke's first collection of short fiction. "Eleven early stories by this major author, most of them involving space travel and the far future, and written in a yearning, quasi-poetic style. Often they have little stings in the tail. Includes 'The Sentinel' (1951), which later formed the basis of the novel and film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), pp. 125-6. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-100. Some soiling and tanning to wrappers, internally fine. Rare. (#156419).