London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1929. Josef Capek. First UK edition. Hardcover. 187pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] 1/4 red cloth with decorative red paper over boards, and a red and black printed paper title label on the spine. Very good, with very minor fading at the extremities. The front endsheet is subtly darkened, and the rear endsheet is a bit more discolored and foxed. In a very good dust jacket. Faded at the spine and on the surrounding areas of the panels. With the publisher's original tan and black printed promotional band. Item #42731
With illustrations by Josef Capek. Karel Capek is well known for his early science fiction, particularly The War of the Newts, and for first introducing the word "robot" in his play, R.U.R., at his brother Josef's suggestion. This is the last collaboration from the Brothers Capek.