PRELUDE TO SPACE. [New York]: Gnome Press, Inc., . Octavo, boards. First U.S. hardcover edition. An early binding, perhaps the first (priority not established), of blue boards with spine lettered in yellow. A scarce binding state. Clarke's first SF book. Text differs from those printed in the earlier World (1951) and Sidgwick and Jackson (1953) editions. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-103. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with some rubbing along fold and dust soiling to rear panel. (#162553).
First edition so stated on copyright page.