“How complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is": FIRST EDITION OF CAT’S CRADLE; SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT WITH A SELF-CARICATURE

  • Cat’s Cradle.
  • Cat's Cradle.

Cat’s Cradle.

Item Number: 45007

New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1963.

First edition of Vonnegut’s absurdist satire of the clash between science and religion in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a single small closed tear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.

"One of Kurt Vonnegut’s most continuously inventive and delightfully complex novels," Cat’s Cradle "makes a mockery of science, religion, patriotism, sex—everything; and it concludes in the only way it possibly can, with the End of the World" (Science Fiction 100 Best). Chosen by Modern Library as one of the best 100 novels of the 20th century.