New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. First Edition. Attractive association copy of this early collection of Bradbury's space-themed poetry. During their decades-long friendship and correspondence, Safire reviewed Bradbury's Zen and the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity for his New York Times column "On Language," and frequently cited Bradbury's work when discussing rules for good writing. Though their mutual admiration of each others' work was clear, it was evident Bradbury was still a bit self-conscious when writing to his friend the linguist. Item #4042
First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); burnt orange paper and teal cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver and copper on spine and front cover; mauve topstain; dustjacket; xii,77,pp. Inscribed by Bradbury to author, journalist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire and his wife on the front endpaper: "May 6th, 1982 / For Helene + Bill Safire / With friendly wishes + admiration from Ray Bradbury." Fine in a Near Fine, unclipped dustjacket (priced $6.95), with light wear to extremities, and faint vertical creases to each flap. Laid into this copy is a TLS from Bradbury to Safire, dated May 3, 1982, on his personal stationary; ca.155 words, with holograph corrections and additions in Bradbury's hand; horizontal fold at center, with some offsetting from marker; Near Fine.