London: William Heinemann, 1953. [Adventure/romance] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.354. Elegantly hand-bound in half green oasis morocco over matching cloth sides, twin red morocco title labels to spine lettered in gilt. A lovely fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. In The Wet' is Nevil Shute's speculative glance into the future of the British Empire. An elderly clergyman stationed in the Australian bush is called to the bedside of a dying derelict. In his delirium Stevie tells a story of England in 1983 through the medium of a squadron air pilot in the service of Queen Elizabeth II. Item #60707
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