The Drowned World.London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1962 Stock Code: 138843
NotesRare proof copy, signed by the author on the title page, with the trial dust jacket (priced 0/0). The first UK edition was the first in hardback and is preferred to the US paperback that preceded it earlier in the same year. A seminal climate change science fiction novel, The Drowned World depicts the year 2145, where global warming has left the majority of the Earth underwater. The novel, together with his later book The Crystal World, has been identified as a founding text in climate fiction, written before climate change had been widely identified by scientists (see Clarke's study).
Octavo. Book block loose in jacket, as issued. Housed in a black cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.
A very nice copy, clean and bright, the jacket somewhat creased and chipped at extremities as almost inevitable (the jacket overhanging the book block by 6 mm), but otherwise as fresh as can be hoped for.
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