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    L. Sprague de Camp: Lest Darkness Fall Signed First Edition. (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1941), first edition, 379 pages, black cloth with white lettering and decoration on spine and front board, 12mo (5.5" x 7.75"), dust jacket (in protective Mylar). Inscribed and signed on front free endpaper, "To the Nathans/good friends and exemplars/L. Sprague de Camp". Originally published in Unknown in 1938, Lest Darkness Fall was an extremely influential alternate history story set in 6th century Rome. Prolific alternate history author Harry Turtledove credits this very book with sparking his interest in the genre. The copy presented here is about very good, with previous seller's price in pencil on rear free endpaper, minimal edge wear, slight soiling at bottom edge, very minimal foxing on bottom edge, and minor shelf-cocking. The dust jacket is good, with noticeable edge, corner, and spine wear. Two vertical creases evident near spine on front panel, which also shows a small tear at the top and fold at upper right corner. Small amount of chipping at the head of the spine. A handsome copy of de Camp's influential classic. From the Ventura Collection.

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