New York: Ace Books, Inc., 1955. First Edition. Dick's first book, presenting a society in which "anyone may become world director by the random selection of his power card within a magnetic bottle. Most people have sold their power cards and thus placed themselves in thrall to the powerful feudal economic barrons. A renegade politician with his eyes on the stars becomes director, and the deposed feudal baron attempts his assassination with the aid of a pseudo-human construct" (Levack 38a). Item #3158
First Printing, a paperback original novel, bound dos-a-dos with Leigh Brackett's The Big Jump. Octavo (16cm); illustrated wrappers; dark yellow edge-staining; 188,; 131pp. Light wear to joints and extremities, a few stress creases to wrappers, with a faint stain to upper left corner of the cover on The Big Jump; Very Good+.