CONTAGION TO THIS WORLD.

London: Geoffrey Bles, [1933]. First Edition in English. Octavo, original blue cloth titled in black on spine and front cover. 317 pp. Foxing to endpapers; inner hinges at both front & rear reinforced with archival paper tape; wear to cloth at spine tips, spine panel faded; a good to very good copy of a very uncommon. Item #311024

¶ Translation of DIE WELT OHNE GEDÄCHTNIS (1933?) by Winifred Ray. The novel begins conventionally enough with a deformed Scientist, thwarted in love, determining to revenge himself on the world by releasing dangerous bacteria he has developed; these turn out to have a memory-erasing effect on humans. The scientist's love-affair forgotten, the novel becomes a Post-Holocaust vision in which the remnants of mankind mutate into a roving race of giants in harmony with Nature. The scientist grows old and – remarkably – dies forgiven.

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