New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1958).
First edition. A small stain on the front fly, small tears at the crown, and a bit of spine-toning, a sound, good copy without dustwrapper. Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke to his protege, one-time secretary, and longtime friend Ian Macauley; "To Ian, wishing you the best of luck in all that you do Arthur. 2 Jan. '58." Macauley was the dedicatee of Clarke's first publisher hardcover novel, Islands in the Sky, and was an award-winning New York Times journalist. He also edited Clarke's book of collected essays, Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (2000). Clarke wrote the last chapter of Childhood's End while visiting Macauley in Atlanta in 1952, where he was reportedly greatly influenced by their discussions. A nice association copy of this important collection of science-fiction short stories including his classic "The Nine Billion Names of God" and the 1956 Hugo Award-winning story "The Star."