"A MAJOR WORK": FIRST EDITION OF CLIFFORD SIMAK'S CITY
SIMAK, Clifford. City. New York: Gnome Press, (1952). Octavo, original light green cloth, original dust jacket. $900.
First edition of Simak's best-known work, winner of the International Fantasy Award, "a haunting, elegiac tale, diametrically opposed to the 'can do' spirit of most Golden Age SF."
"Eight quietly told stories from Astounding, 1944 to 1951, which describe the decline and disappearance of humanity once it abandons its most characteristic habitat, the city… In book form the stories are framed as 'legends,' told around campfires by the dogs, who politely debate whether humans in fact ever existed. A haunting, elegiac tale, diametrically opposed to the 'can do' spirit of most Golden Age SF… A major work, which won the International Fantasy Award" (Barron). "City remains Simak's best known work" (Clute & Nicholls, 1109). Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, II-1029.
Book near-fine, unrestored original dust jacket with a few shallow chips and light edge-wear, front panel and spine clean and bright, extremely good.