THE GIRL IN THE GOLDEN ATOM. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1923. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-341 [342: blank], original light yellow-brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First U.S. edition. Code "I-X" on copyright page. First binding of light yellow-brown cloth stamped in black. Text differs from that of the earlier Methuen edition that was slightly abridged. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Cummings to Forrest J. Ackerman on front free endpaper: "To my good friend / and Personal Representative / Forrest J. Ackerman / Cordially, / Ray Cummings." "The Girl in the Golden Atom," Cummings' first published story, appeared in the 15 March 1919 issue of ALL-STORY WEEKLY. It was an instant success and was followed by a sequel, "People of the Golden Atom," published in ALL-STORY WEEKLY 24 January–28 February 1920. The two stories are here collected as the author's first book. "... a brand-new plot: humans reduced to the size of the atom, finding a whole new universe in the diminutive scale. Within the limits of a gold wedding ring the scientific pioneers encounter a strange civilization; prehistoric monsters; treasons; spoils; a fight for life; and a hairbreadth escape back to this good old world of ours. An extraordinary and absorbing adventure story." - publisher's blurb. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-54; (1981) 2-19; (1987) 2-22; (1995) 2-28; and (2004) II-294. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 512. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 225. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 63. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 878-82. In 333. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 170. Bleiler (1978), p. 54. Reginald 03691. Light foxing to cloth spine panel, but a bright, nearly fine copy in good buff dust jacket printed in blue with light wear at edges, some dust soiling and tanning, latter mostly to spine panel and flap folds, external tape reinforcements at head of spine panel and upper rear corner, several internal tape reinforcements, and 55 mm closed split at top of front flap fold. Very scarce in dust jacket; rare signed or inscribed by Cummings. A wonderful association copy. (#161267).
First printing has code "I-X" on copyright page.