CONTAGION TO THIS WORLD. London: Geoffrey Bles, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-317 [318-320: blank] [note: first and last leaves used as front and rear paste-downs], original light blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition in English, first issue binding. Translation of DIE WELT OHNE GEDÄCHTNIS (1933?) by Winifred Ray. "A hunchbacked genius, reviled by others, takes revenge by releasing a bacterium that causes universal amnesia. He watches the collapse of civilization and the eventual emergence of a new human species. The novel is remarkable for the sympathy accorded the protagonist." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 2-54. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-51; (1995) 2-63; and (2004) II-584. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 63. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 126. Bleiler (1978), p. 111. Reginald 08080. Not in Bloch (2002; 2010). Spine and rear cover faded, top edge spotted, a sound, good copy. (#167333).
"First published 1933" on copyright page.