London: Chatto & Windus, 1949. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo (19.5cm); blue-gray cloth, titled in gilt over a blue panel at upper spine; blue topstain; dustjacket; [vi],153,pp. Tiny stain to upper edge of textblock, else a fresh, Fine copy. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with some pinpoint wear to extremities; very Near Fine.
"In 1947, William Tallis writes rejected screenplay of California in 2018 visited by New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition after nuclear holocaust. Situation is neo-medieval, church-directed. Message is scalpel-like satirical account of twentieth-century humans' failure to understand their nature" (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 3-220). BROMER A62.2; NEGLEY 603; SARGENT, p.116.