The Drowned World
London, Gollancz, 1962. The uncorrected proof copy of his second book, following The Wind from Nowhere, which Ballard later disowned. Signed on the title page by Ballard. A post-apocalyptic novel, in which global warming has rendered most of Earth uninhabitable, The Drowned World is considered one of the great works of dystopian fiction, and places Ballard among a group of writers that includes William S. Burroughs and Philip K. Dick, who use the conventions of science fiction to explore the dark underside of contemporary technological culture. Tapebound, in unprinted wrappers; spine slant to text block; near fine in a near fine, mildly spine- and edge-tanned proof dust jacket with a "0/0" price on the front flap. Scarce: we have never seen another proof copy of this, nor any earlier Ballard proof (i.e., The Wind From Nowhere), and can find no indication of institutional holdings in OCLC, nor any auction records for a proof copy. [#033324] $7,500

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