Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition. Fine in a dustjacket with 3 short tears and 5 threadlike pen test scribbles on the back else near fine. ABPC lists no auction sales since 1975 but they missed one at HA (Heritage Auctions) for $718 in 2020, and such infrequent appearances suggest that the next copy seen in a jacket will look like a birthday cake left out in the rain. Conversely, art deco jackets that look like this one cause Stendhal syndrome. fine / near fine. Item #759
At the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair a scientist prepares to announce an invention so revolutionary and dangerous that he will not give it to any one country, and instead determines to share it with all the nations in the world concurrently. At a podium in the fair’s science center, as he begins to speak, he is shot through the heart, but look again, the last word in the book’s title is a plural.