THE SECRET OF THE DESERT. London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-286 [287: blank] [288: printer's imprint], original burgundy cloth, front panel stamped in black and blind, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. "Science fiction disaster novel set in the near future in which a planetary body, approaching close to Earth, causes widespread destruction and the almost total annihilation of the human race" - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 215. The survivors revert to a primitive, agrarian society. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 50. Bleiler (1978), p. 196. Reginald 14336. Touch of fade to spine panel, free endpapers tanned, page edges foxed, a very good copy. A nice copy of a very scarce book. (#165866).
No statement of printing. A second printing in cheaper format is marked "Second Edition" on the title page.