LEST DARKNESS FALL. New York: Henry Holt and Company, . Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-ix [x-xii] 1-379 [380: blank], original pictorial black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, top edge stained yellow, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by de Camp on the front free endpaper: "To Lyman & Maybelle / with great affection / from / L. Sprague de Camp." The author's first book of fiction. An early classic of modern SF in which the protagonist is thrown back in time to the end of the Roman Empire and makes an unsuccessful attempt to use his modern scientific knowledge to prevent the Dark Ages. "Neat anthropological interpretation of history." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-135. "... de Camp's finest book." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-304. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1198-1203. In 333. Partial tape ghosts along top and bottom edges of the front and rear endpapers, two small rubs to spine panel, a nearly fine copy with perishable white enamel lettering on spine panel intact. A nice copy. (#159136).
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