London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1932. Original green cloth, with dust jacket.
First Edition, published twenty days before the American, of the fourth of the five novels featuring Buchan's protagonist Sir Edward Leithen (he was introduced in THE POWER-HOUSE (1916), and the fifth and last would be SICK HEART RIVER (1941)). This is a curious tale of fantasy, actually a loosely-connected group of tales, involving the ability to see into the future. To quote from the American edition's dust jacket,~What if you were to read next year's newspaper today?... A scientist, working on a new theory of time, shows a group of guests at a house party, for one second, the London Times for a year hence. How these men, a business man, a politician, a collector of rare books, a visionary, and a soldier, make use of their knowledge; how they outwit fate and forestall the future thus dimly revealed, is told in the author's best manner.~According to Smith this was one of the poorer-selling Buchan titles, and that would seem to be borne out by the relative scarcity of copies today. This volume is in fine condition (armorial bookplate); the pictorial jacket is very good (some soil, a bit of restoration at a lower corner of the spine, some unnecessary backing). See Blanchard A94. Item #14174