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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 chemise and morocco gilt slipcase. $18,000.
Signed limited first edition, number 9 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 (Currey, 44). Issued without dust jacket. New York Public Library, Books of the Century, 162. Anatomy of Wonder II-153.
Interior pristine. Fragile boards with only small split to foot of front joint and slightest rubbing to spine ends and extremities; boards far cleaner than usually found. A very nearly fine copy.