London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1938. First English-language edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo [19 cm] Magenta cloth over boards, with minor warping to the boards. In a price-clipped dust jacket, with light chipping to the edges, and fading to the spine (title still bold). Very good / very good. Item #57006
English version by Paul Selver and Ralph Neale. Capek's play deals not only with the futility of war, but also with the drama of a man whose burning wish is to rid the world of war permanently. Capek is widely known as a science fiction author, who wrote long before science fiction became established as its own genre, and who helped popularize the term "robot" in his play, R.U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots): A Play in Three Acts and an Epilogue.