London: Jarrolds Publishers Ltd., 1951. [Science fiction] SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.192. Publisher's red cloth, titles in black to spine, pictorial dust-jacket designed by Lee Kenyon. Signed by the author to flyleaf. Dust-jacket clipped and repriced by the publisher at 6/- net. Slight reading lean, spotting to the textblock, especially so to the preliminary and final leaves. Some dustiness and spotting to edges. Dust-jacket creased and nicked to top and bottom edges, rubbed to folds, some closed tears and small areas of loss, soiled to rear panel, faded to spine. A used but presentable signed copy. Self-reproducing and self-aware robots are constructed in a factory on the Essex marshes and inevitably try to take over England. A cautionary tale. Item #51207
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