First edition of Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke.
Octavo, 223pp. Teal cloth, title in purple on spine. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, dust remnants to top edge, light rubbing to corners, some foxing to spine. In publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $2.75 retail price on front flap, faint soiling to rear panel, small pinhole to front panel near spine edge visible on verso. A well-presenting, vibrant copy.
(Currey, page 113) (Anatomy of Wonder II-245) (Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pages 374-77)
Before writing 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke published dozens of science fiction novels and short stories. Against the Fall of Night is the original version of the later publication The City and The Stars (1956), but many readers prefer this earlier version.