Manna.London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1940 Stock Code: 137210
First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "G. L. Pilkington from the author. Mar. 1940". The recipient was Geoffrey Langton Pilkington (18851972) chairman of the glass manufacturers Pilkington, for whom Gloag worked as a board member (Sadar, p. 95). Gloag (1896-1981) was a prolific science fiction author, close friend of Olaf Stapledon, and art historian, most famous for his work English Furniture (1958). Manna is a work of speculative fiction in which the narrating journalist discovers a plan to develop a fungus that could end world hunger whilst simultaneously causing a state of "tranquility" or lethargy. The work explores the various political response to such a possibility and predicts the imminent outbreak of large-scale European war.
Octavo. Original purple cloth, title to spine in yellow. With the dust jacket. Publisher's compliments slip loosely inserted.
A very good copy, spine cocked, faint offsetting from jacket, one tip bumped, edges foxed, contents otherwise clean and without ownership marks. In the slightly rubbed dust jacket, spine ends nicked, a few marks to rear panel, still bright and presentable.
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