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. 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. Slight spine lean, triangular section clipped from upper right corner of front free endpaper, former owner's name on same, still an attractive near fine copy with perishable white enamel stamping on front and spine panels intact. (#90307).
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