R.C. Sherriff: The Hopkins Manuscript Special Presentation Copy. (London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1939), first edition, 352 pages, light blue cloth with dark blue lettering on spine, 12mo (5" x 7.5"), dust jacket (in protective Mylar). One of 200 copies of the Special Presentation Edition. Laid-in is a folded TLS from the publisher addressed to Hector McQuarry of Angus & Robertson, an Australia-based book store chain and publishing firm. It reads in part, "As in the case of Rebecca, we have had a little special presentation edition of two hundred copies only prepared of R.C. Sherriff's novel The Hopkins Manuscript, which we are publishing on March 27th, and we ask you to accept this copy." Best known for his World War I play Journey's End, Sherriff later tried his hand as a novelist, and in 1939 produced The Hopkins Manuscript. The novel concerns what would happen to humanity, represented in the main character Edgar Hopkins, if the Moon was on a collision course with Earth. The copy presented here is very good, with minor edge wear, and some foxing to the edges, affecting approximately the first 40 pages and the last few. The dust jacket shows some edge wear, light soiling, and very mild foxing, which does not detract from the appeal of this rare edition of a book Fay Weldon once described as "spectacular, skilled and moving and supremely and alarmingly relevant to our life today." From the Ventura Collection.

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