VERMILION SANDS. London: Jonathan Cape, . Octavo, boards. First British (and first hardcover) edition. "Collection of stories first published in magazines between 1956 and 1970 "about a decaying artists' colony in the near future, set against surrealistic desert landscapes. With their motifs of singing flowers and statues, living clothes, cloud-sculpting and psychotropic houses, the tale are not conventionally linked, and have differing characters. All marvelously original, with unforgettable imagery. One of Ballard's most brilliant books ..." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 401. This edition adds "The Singing Statues." Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-69. Publisher's review slip laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. A lovely copy of a remarkably elusive book. (#162991).
"FIRST PUBLISHED IN GREAT BRITAIN 1973" on copyright page.