"Everything in life is just for a while": First Edition of A Scanner Darkly; Signed by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly.
Dick, Philip K.
Item Number: 4659
New York: Doubleday and Company, 1977.
First edition of one of the author’s best-known works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Upon its publication in 1977, A Scanner Darkly was hailed by ALA Booklist as "his best yet!" Brian Aldiss lauded it as "the best book of the year." "It is Dick's most politically astute novel" (Christopher Palmer, Science Fiction Studies 18:3). "An affecting, powerful novel" (Anatomy of Wonder II-333). It was made into the 2006 film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Robert Downey, Jr.
Other Books by this Author
“He felt all at once like an ineffectual moth, fluttering at the windowpane of reality, dimly seeing it from outside": First Edition of Philip K. Dick's Ubik; Signed by Him
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1969.
First edition of one of Philip K. Dick’s most acclaimed novels. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Peter Rauch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
“Dilemma of civilized man; body mobilized, but danger obscure": First Edition of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.
First edition of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Robert Galster. Photograph by Arthur Knight. From the library of Dick’s mailman, who asked him to sign books for him. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
New York: Ace Publishing Corporation, 1970.
First edition of this satirical adventure which deals with issues of power, class, and politics, set in a world ruled by big-brained elites. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition.
"The soft-drink stand fell into bits. Molecules. He saw molecules, colorless, that made it up": First edition of Philip K. Dick's Time Out of Joint; Boldly signed by him
New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959.
First edition of Philip K. Dick’s first novel published in hardcover format. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Arthur Hawkins. Rare and desirable signed.
Rare First Edition of Philip K. Dick's Classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Director Bertram Berman's Copy
New York: Doubleday and Company, 1968.
First edition of this science fiction cornerstone. Octavo, original cloth. Filmmaker Bertram Berman’s copy, with his signature along with his address at CBS on front endpaper, directly beneath the rubber-stamped address of Raritan Productions, Inc. Berman was a program executive and producer with CBS, who in 1968 purchased the option of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick, clearly thrilled about the prospect of a film adaptation of one of his works, sent a lengthy letter to Berman full of ideas about how the book could be translated to film. Dick provided Berman with suggestions on everything from casting (Gregory Peck for Deckard; Dean Stockwell for Jack Isidore), tone, plotting…even down to the particular sound the weapons would make. And, of course, “There could be room for more sex.” Berman’s project failed to get off the ground, and his option expired, opening the way for other parties and, eventually, Ridley Scott. The full text of Dick’s May 21, 1968 letter was published in The Philip K. Dick Society Newsletter #18 (August, 1988). Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Cambridge: Blackwell, 1991.
Second edition of the economist’s ground breaking work. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author, “Dear Mike: Thank you for your interest and attention. Best Wishes Harry Markowitz.” In near fine condition, without the dust jacket.