London, Michael Joseph, 1951. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. A very good copy of one the highlights of British Science Fiction. Read by a generation in GCSE English, the book has maintained its place in the British populace, but it's merit alone has seen it celebrated across the world. A wonderful novel, and amongst the best by the author. Jacket is worn with a chip to the lower spine, and some chipping to the upper spine tip. Forecorners chipped also. Spine tips bumped on the boards, with a small chip. Some spotting to the endpapers [Pringle, SF 100 Best Novels, Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy vo I p237]. Cover art by Patrick Gierth [8962, Hyraxia Books].