LEST DARKNESS FALL. New York: Henry Holt and Company, . Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-ix [x-xii] 1-379 [380: blank], original pictorial black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, top edge stained yellow, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Signed at the top edge of the title page by de Camp. The author's first book of fiction. An early classic of modern SF in which the protagonist is thrown back in time to the end of the Roman Empire and makes an unsuccessful attempt to use his modern scientific knowledge to prevent the Dark Ages. "Neat anthropological interpretation of history." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-135. "... de Camp's finest book." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-304. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1198-1203. In 333. Spine lean, endpapers and page edges a bit tanned, a nearly fine copy with perishable white enamel lettering on spine panel intact, in a fair dust jacket with wear along top and bottom edges with shallow loss at upper spine end and corner tips, rubbing along folds, and dust soiling to rear panel. (#165472).
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