BEFORE THE DAWN. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1934. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1-247 [248: blank], original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in yellow. First edition. One of Bell's personal copies with "E. T. Bell / 21 June 1934 / Pasadena, California" in his hand at upper right corner of the front free endpaper. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Bell to Dirce Archer on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs. Arthur G. Archer, / with the compliments / of E. T. Bell. / 1 June 1955." Scientists use television to view the earth's past. A "hopelessly incompetent" picture of life during the age of reptiles. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-104; (1987) 2-115; and (1995) 2-115. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 739. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 149-52. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 190. Reginald 13958. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with light wear along top edge. Copies of this book signed or inscribed by Bell are uncommon. (#161264).
"PUBLISHED JUNE, 1934" on copyright page.