THE DROWNED WORLD. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1962 [i.e. January 1963]. Octavo, boards. First British (and first hardcover) edition. Ballard's second novel. "Some seventy years hence life is only really possible in the Arctic and Antarctic and man is regressing into deeply buried racial memories." - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 160. "A marvelous culmination of the long British tradition of disaster stories." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 4-37. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-67. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 35. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 634-38. Just a hint of foxing to page edges and a bit of tarnish to gold lettering on spine panel, else a fine copy in nearly fine first printing dust jacket (code "X22" at bottom right corner of rear flap and price "15/- / net" on front flap) with minute nick at upper edge of front flap fold and some mild general dust soiling. A sharp copy of a scarce book. (#156917).

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