PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF ASIMOV'S FIRST PUBLISHED NOVEL, PEBBLE IN THE SKY, INSCRIBED BY HIM TO SCIENCE FICTION EDITOR DAVID HARTWELL
ASIMOV, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1950. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase.
First edition of Asimov's first novel, a memorable presentation/association copy boldly inscribed by him on the title page to a highly regarded science fiction editor, "With best wishes to David Hartwell, Isaac Asimov."
"In 1947, at the time Asimov was writing the first draft of what would later turn into Pebble in the Sky, there were very few full-length science fiction books… Pebble in the Sky was published on January 19, 1950. It received a number of reviews, most of which were favorable, and it began to sell well from day one" (White, Asimov: The Unauthorized Life, pp. 120-8). Pebble in the Sky is "loosely connected with the Foundation series, but the true sociohistorical metaphor in the story is that of ancient Judea facing the might of Rome. A sentimental favorite among Asimov's fans, but significant also as a transitional step between the relatively miserly world of Golden Age pulps and the relatively lucrative world of mainstream book publication" (Anatomy of Wonder II-51). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Currey, 14. Inscribed to David Hartwell, the important American science fiction editor and publisher; readers will recognize him for his successful tenure with Pocket Books' "Timescape" imprint as well as for his numerous comprehensive, themed anthologies.
Book very fresh; lightest edge-wear, trace of tape residue to flaps of colorful dust jacket. A handsome near-fine presentation copy with a distinctive association.