The world before the flood Montgomery, James. The World before the Flood, a poem. 5th ed. London, 1819. 16mo, contemporary red straight grain morocco, gilt and blind stamped decorations on sides and back, gilt edges, in cloth case. The fore edge painting on this volume is somewhat unusual and exceptionally interesting. It depicts a scene in the days when men lived in caves, showing the male members of a family, with stone clubs, preparing to defend themselves.