PRESENTATION COPY OF THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER, INSCRIBED BY RAY BRADBURY TO A FAMOUS SCIENCE FICTION COLLECTOR
BRADBURY, Ray. The Day It Rained Forever. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959. Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $700.
First edition, presentation copy, of this acclaimed collection of short stories, inscribed to a famous science fiction collector: "For Stanley Simon! Good Wishes! from Ray Bradbury. 6/29/89."
"A collection containing more of Bradbury's realistic stories… with stories that focus on characters gaining new appreciation for the world or their own pasts, with some fantasy and horror" (Reid, Ray Bradbury: A Critical Companion, 16). The American version of this collection, A Medicine for Melancholy, was published earlier the same year; the two are generally considered the first editions of their respective titles. The British and American versions also contain slightly different story lists, with "Referent, "Almost the End of the World," "Here There Be Tygers," "Perchance to Dream," and "And the Rock Cried Out" present only in the British edition and "A Medicine for Melancholy," "The First Night of Lent," "All Summer in a Day," and "The Great Collision of Monday Last" all included only in the American edition. Probably first binding, with medium blue boards (as opposed to navy) (Currey, 45). This copy is inscribed to Stanley Simon. Although he spent three decades of his life as a postal worker, Simon's true passion was collecting genre novels, particularly science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers. Simon was uniquely adept at securing authors' signatures and the majority of his collection was signed or inscribed.
Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with dampstaining mainly to bottom edge of front flap and panel and toning to spine. A desirable inscribed copy with interesting provenance.