New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925.
First American edition. 1 vols. 8vo. The dangers of scientific discovery, rare in dust jacket. Original publisher's cloth very good in very good plus dust jacket with very slightly chipped corners at head and foot of spine. Item #312190
Karel Čapek (1890-1938), a famous Czech novelist, dramatist, journalist, and theorist, is best known today for his book Rossum's Universal Robots, which introduced the world "robot" to the field of science fiction. He was a fervent anti-fascist and many of his works deal with the social turmoil of his time.
Krakatit, translated by Lawrence Hyde, chronicles the development by chemist Mr. Prokop of a super-explosive, called Krakatit after the volcano Krakatoa. It is violently and unpredictably explosive, and the book is an unflinching examination of the use and abuse of science for human gain.
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