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“IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN”: FAHRENHEIT 451, SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 200 COPIES BOUND IN ASBESTOS
BRADBURY, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine, (1953). Octavo, original white asbestos cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $16,000.
Signed limited first edition, number 193 of only 200 copies bound in fragile asbestos cloth. One of the most sought-after modern works and most rare in this edition.
“What is distinctive about Fahrenheit 451 as a work of literature is not what Bradbury says but how he says it… Bradbury’s evocative, lyrical style charges [the book] with a sense of mystery and connotative depth that go beyond the normal boundaries of dystopian fiction… It is the only major symbolic dystopia of our time” (Donald Watt). The first edition was issued in four different bindings (a paperback binding preceded the three hardcover bindings, among which no priority has been determined); this is the rarest binding, and one of the most desirable of all classic science fiction editions (Curry, 44). New York Public Library, Books of the Century, 162.
Interior fine. With almost none of the cracking to asbestos cloth usually seen; very light toning to spine and light spotting to boards. An about-fine copy of a highly desirable signed limited first edition.