DELUGE: A ROMANCE. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-395 [396-398: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in light green, top edge stained yellow, decorated endpapers. First U.S. edition, later issue with "Grosset & Dunlap" printed at tail of spine panel. "Geological upheavals result in widespread flooding, but southern England is elevated to make the Cotswolds a tiny archipelago. The inhabitants' struggle for existence is described with a cold realism not previously seen." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 2-149. "... one of the very best catastrophe stories." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2439. Basis for Hollywood's first full-scale end of the world disaster movie, a 1933 RKO film directed by Felix E. Feist, starring Sidney Blackmer and Lois Wilson. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-71; (1981) 2-126; (1987) 2-139; (1995) 2-149; and (2004) II-1289. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 829. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 55. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 215. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 235. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 213. Reginald 15657. A bright, very good copy in very good four-color pictorial Grosset & Dunlap dust jacket with wear along top and bottom edges and chip from upper spine end affecting the "D" in "DELUGE." The jacket illustration (by Arnold Lorne Hicks) showing a giant "primitive" man carrying off a beautiful scantily clad women and her mate wielding an axe in the background. (#163193).
First edition so stated on copyright page.