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. 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. Early owner's name neatly inked out on front free endpaper, small abrasion on rear free endpaper, a very good copy in very good or better dust jacket with rubbing at spine ends and corner tips and light dust soiling to rear panel. A nice example of the jacket. (#158975).
First edition so stated on copyright page.