Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1962. First Edition. First US hardcover edition of Ballard's first two novels, published by Berkley Publishing Corp. in 1962 as paperback originals. In The Wind From Nowhere, "catacylismic winds ground all air travel and then grow stronger, capsizing huge ocean-going tankers. Eventually, the winds reduce the skylines of New York, Paris and Singapore to rubble. A small band of survivor seek refuge in bunkers. One monomanical character sets himself apart from the group and constructs a giant pyramid where he madly listens to the magnified sounds of destruction outside (Perry, Daniel. "The World According to J.G. Ballard." Firsts, Vol.20, No.8, p.19). His second novel, The Drowned World, established Ballard as a major author; the novel depicts "a world in the near futurethat has been stripped of its ionosphere. Heat builds, polar ice caps melt, and much of northern Europe and America are innundated. Central London becomes a fecund tropical lagoon. The few human survivors compete for space with a Triassic menagerie of alligators, iguanas, screeching hammer-nosed bats, giant mosquitoes and predatory birds (ibid., p.20). A well-preserved copy of a cheaply-manufactured title, elusive in the first edition. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, 4-37. Item #4763
First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [iv],,6-316pp. Light wear to base of spine, with a very thin crack starting at front hinge; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $4.50), gently spine-sunned, with light shelf wear, subtle toning to extremities, and a faint trace of sticker residue to lower spine panel; Very Good+.