THE WORLD BELOW. New York, Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co., 1930. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-viii 1-344, original gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First U.S. edition. The U.S. edition adds a preface by Wright dated "New York, January 15, 1930" that did not appear in the 1929 Collins edition. A superior novel in which Wright explores human evolution based on degeneration of the race due primarily to continual destruction of past civilizations through the misuse of scientific discoveries. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-72; (1981) 2-128; (1987) 2-144; (1995) 2-154; and (2004) II-1293. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2437. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 833. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 58. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 150. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 235. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1217. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, pp. 188. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2497-2500. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 213. Reginald 15670. Top edge of text block a bit age-darkened, else a bright, near fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (designed by Hermann Post) with light wear at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, rubbing along folds, and some internal tape reinforcement along top and bottom edges (no show through). A pretty nice example of a very uncommon jacket. (#89683).
First edition so stated on copyright page.