London: Gollancz, 1979. First Edition. Octavo. Item #027232
255 pages. Inscribed by Arthur C. Clark to Bruce. A pristine copy with no defects or wear of any kind. Regarded by Clarke as his best novel, it tells the story of brilliant, visionary engineer Vannevar Morgan on a gigantic space elevator but the one ideal place from which is must begin is a sacred mountain guarded by monks who see no value in allowing this scientific breakthrough to desecrate their holy place. The setting is a thinly veiled reference to Arthur C. Clarke's beloved Sri Lanka which he knows with authority bringing local color to create a vivid life picture to this remarkable novel. A near fine, bright copy bound in blue paper covered boards spine lettering gilt, minute bump to one corner, in fine pictorial dust jacket.