The Illustrated Man.
Item Number: 2520
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1951.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ray Bradbury on the title page. Owner stamp on the front free endpaper, else near fine in a near fine bright dust jacket that shows none of the spine fading endemic to this title. A bright copy.
Ray Bradbury's second collection, The Illustrated Man is a marvelous, if mostly dark, quilt of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In an ingenious framework to open and close the book, Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man--a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos." (Stanley Wiater)
Other Books by this Author
"The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us": First British Edition of Fahrenheit 451; Warmly Inscribed by Ray Bradbury
London: Rupert Hart Davis, 1954.
First British edition of the author’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Bradbury as follows, “This book, the version of 25 thousand words was written in nine days when I was 30 years old, 1950!.With Love, Ray Bradbury September 2000.” Bradbury has also drawn fire around the inscription. Fine in a near fine unfaded dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example with a nice inscription about the history of this story.
New York: Harper Collins, 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original glossy boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Bradbury as follows, “_______- This story written when I was 25 years old.1945! Love, Ray Bradbury, Sept. 06.”
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1950.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Some toning to the spine, else near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to the spine extremities, light rubbing and a few short closed tears to the extremities. A bright copy of author’s best-known work, a cornerstone of 20th-century science fiction.
New York: Ballantine, 1953.
First edition of one of the seminal works in the field of science fiction. Octavo, original red cloth. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine panel. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper,”For Bob O’Malley! With friendly wishes! from Ray Bradbury Oct. 10, 1983.” The recipient, Robert O’Malley was an important collector of science fiction. Housed in a custom clamshell morocco case.
"And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger": First Edition of Ian Flemings Moonraker
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, first printing (with “shoot” on page 10, and a 19 mm text block) of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest. Octavo, original black cloth. Name covered by the front jacket flap, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961.
First hardcover edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half title page with a self-caricature. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with very light rubbing to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
"We cannot build the future by avenging the past": The Once and Future King; Signed and Inscribed with a drawing by T.H. White
New York: G.P. Putnam's and Sons, 1958.
Sixth printing, published the same year as the first edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author with a drawing of himself on the front free endpaper, "Self-portrait of the author with his eyes shut for Steve Waring 8.12.60." Additionally signed by White on the title page. Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a good dust jacket with wear and chips.
First Editions of Each of the Authors Novels in His Acclaimed Hannibal Lector Series; Each Volume Signed by Thomas Harris
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1981-2006., 1981.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed series featuring Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Octavo, 4 volumes. Each volume is signed by Thomas Harris and each are fine in fine dust jackets. A very sharp set, uncommon signed.