BOLDLY SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT, FIRST EDITION OF WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE
VONNEGUT, Kurt. Welcome to the Monkey House. A Collection of Short Works. New York: Delacorte, (1968). Octavo, original publisher's half yellow cloth, original dust jacket. $3900.
First edition of Vonnegut’s scarce second collection of stories and essays, signed by him with his characteristic bold flourish.
The publication of Welcome to the Monkey House, Vonnegut's second collection of short fiction and essays, earned him high praise as "George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one 45-year-old writer exploring the inner and outer spaces of the man-against-machine perplex… Spanning the decades from the 40s to A.D. 2158 and beyond, Vonnegut rockets the reader from the old themes of love, identity, loneliness and the poignancy of human loss to stories concerning population explosion, programmed happiness and the emotions of machines" (Time). Featuring 25 pieces previously published in magazines, and a select few that appeared in his first collection, Canary in a Cat House (1961). Clute & Nichols, 1289. Yaakov & Greenfieldt, 673.
Book very nearly fine, dust jacket with only mild toning and light wear to extremities. A near-fine signed copy.