SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, INSCRIBED BY RAY BRADBUY
BRADBURY, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. Octavo, original light green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Bradbury's celebrated science fiction classic, a "stunning popular and critical success," boldly inscribed on the title page by him, “Steve! Ray Bradbury, 5/7/93.”
Bradbury's first novel and second book, "which could be regarded as an episodic novel, made Bradbury's reputation… Its closely interwoven stories, linked by recurrent images and themes, tell of the repeated attempts by humans to colonize Mars… All the Bradbury themes that were later to be repeated find their earliest shapes here" (Clute & Nicholls, 151). "This was the book that established Bradbury's reputation… He put far more emphasis on style and mood than he did on technical detail or scientific plausibility… His reward was a stunning popular and critical success" (Science Fiction 100 3). First state dust jacket, with $2.50 price. "First Edition" stated on copyright page. Currey, 45. Contemporary gift inscription.
Book and dust jacket with only light toning to spines. A beautiful near-fine copy, desirable and scarce inscribed by Bradbury.