"Facts are no more solid, coherent, round and real than pearls are. But both are sensitive": First Edition of The Left Hand of Darkness; Signed by Ursula Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness.
Le Guin, Ursula K. [LeGuin].$3,800.00
Item Number: 1847
New York: Walker & Company, 1969.
First edition of the author’s Nebula and Hugo award-winning novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Signed by the author, who has added a line from this work as follows, “Facts are no more solid, coherent, round and real than pearls are. But both are sensitive. Ursula K. Le Guin”. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some of the usual toning to the spine. Jacket design by Lena Fong Lueg. Jacket illustration by Jack Gaughan.
A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction. "A jewel of a story" (Frank Herbert).