Cloth slightly lightened at spine; jacket inner flap with printed price-label over original price, a little rubbing and very minor chipping, but overall very good.
Jacket artwork by H. Nimmo.
London, Allen & Unwin, 1932.
First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker 4/6.
The author’s first published novel, a compelling sci-fi work reminiscent of the best works of H.G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon (a friend of Gloag). The story is of a race of cat people who harness the power of time-travel to visit our planet on multiple occasions, including the ‘beginning of the great war of 1999, and the results of that war 400 and 10,000 years later’, as well as Jerusalem a few days after the crucifixion. A rare work in the jacket, let alone inscribed; the author has inscribed this copy on the front free endpaper, ‘John Gloag October 4th 1932. (Publication night at the Read’s).’